Hi, there! Welcome to the second month of my monthly-prompts attempt! Last month, we only had one submission to the prompt (can't remember what the prompt was? See here: wordsmiths-guild.deviantart.co…), but I have NO qualms about featuring chapaV's GORGEOUS "From the Informal Dictionary of ELA Amendments" as December's Poem of the Month! Don't forget, the folder is still open to pieces based on that particular prompt, but those pieces will not be eligible for a future Poem of the Month.
If you'd like to see some more prompts, don't forget about the group blog of collected prompts: wordsmiths-guild.deviantart.co…
ANYWAY, here comes the prompt for next month!
All prompt submissions should be submitted to the folder labeled December 2012.
Submission requirements are the same as for normal pieces, except for one thing. You must include a link to a critique you have recently completed and a couple of questions for critique on your piece in the artist's comments, as usual, and I would like you to mention the group and the prompt in your comments (something as simple as "December prompt" works fine).
Pieces should be submitted between December 1 and December 29.
The folder will not close to submissions after that point, but new submissions will not be eligible for poem-of-the-month status.
So here we go:
This Month's Prompt
Did you know that the phrase "Hocus pocus," the kind of quintessential witch's incantation, actually came from Medieval, uneducated priests drying to recite the Latin mass? They MEANT to say "Hoc est corpus" (this is my body), but since they didn't know the actual words, they simply said what it sounded like, hence - "Hocus pocus."
And even when people get the words themselves right, it's amazing how often quotes have been misunderstood to mean something different than was originally intended (For example: www.toptenz.net/top-10-most-mi…), or make up new phrases entirely (for example: cjlevinson.com/2007/09/22/5-fa…)!
This month, I want you to create your own misquote, specifically through the use of homophones (is wikipedia needed? I think so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophon…). I want you to pick a famous quote, use homophones to make it say something different than its originally intended meaning, and then write a poem that somehow uses or explains what that phrase is supposed to mean. A simple google search should help you get started with your quote, or check out these: www.goodreads.com/quotes www.william-shakespeare.info/w… www.quotationspage.com/quotes/ www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/qu…
Remember, you have until the 29th of December. Ready? Set?
Most. interesting. fact. ever. period.