Friday, June 16, 2006

Poetry Competition Tips

Worried about how to proceed in the poetry competition with ‘‘seemingly formidable’’ rules? Note the catch-phrase — ‘‘seemingly formidable’’.

Here are a few tips that will help you out:

Tip1: If you know the rules of counting syllables according to cha.mda.h "saastra, then no problems. If you don't, then grab these rules from your favorite source. If you don't find a source, you can contact us as well.

Tip2: If you know the rules of counting syllables, say 1 and 2, and have never written using the rules, then try a simple rule like chaupāī.

chaupāī has just two rules:

i) Total weight of syllables, 1 and 2, should add up to 16.
ii) The last three syllables are not allowed to be 2 2 1 or 1 2 1.

Example of chaupāī:


Tip3: Don't forget to ask any questions; but please remove poet's block and get started. This competition will repeat only once a year.


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