RhymeZone Valentine's Day Slam
Valentine's Day Slam
2001 Valentine Slam Winners
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Thanks to everyone who submitted a couplet to this year's Valentine Slam! In just two weeks we received over 600 submissions and accepted nearly 300 for publication on the site.
People's choice awards
We developed a
randomized voting booth
to collect data on which couplets our users like best and used this data to
rank the submissions by popularity
. Based on this popularity data (as of midnight EST on Valentine's Day), the following six poems are the first six winners of the 2001 Valentine Slam. This will be updated with author names later today.
I would go to the ends of the earth,
To kick the tramp who gave you birth.
39 wins, 16 losses.
In the card game of life we are a pair
But I'd rather be playing solitaire.
47 wins, 20 losses.
Lori L. Gordon
of British Columbia, Canada.
I'll stay with you no matter what
But man, oh man, your sister's hot!
49 wins, 21 losses.
of Portland, Oregon, USA.
My love for you is like a rose
One that's dead and never grows
53 wins, 23 losses.
of Portland, Oregon, USA.
You've brought such joy into my life,
My friend, I'm sleeping with your wife.
16 wins, 7 losses.
A greater love we'll never find
the gym should fix your fat behind
41 wins, 18 losses.
of Newton, Massachussetts, USA.
Judges' choice awards
There were a number of entries that we felt were exceptionally funny but didn't make it into the top six. Here are four couplets whose authors will also win magnet sets:
Your lips and mine, one and the same.
But before we kiss, remind me your name.
My love is like the morning dew
I stay the night, then spit on you.
My love for you words can't express...
Well, maybe "angst", or "dreadfulness".
of San Antonio, Texas, USA.
I long to see your lovely face
down in the mud you big disgrace
Please note that there were dozens of others that were hysterically funny and at least as deserving of the space above. Read
all of the accepted submissions
What did we learn from the 2001 contest? We found that a couplet is likely to fare well in the voting arena if it has the following properties:
: Rhyme, of course, is not a requirement in poetry. But there's a reason it's such a popular technique. (
Click here for more information on meter and rhyme in poetry
: For the same reasons, couplets which adhere to one of a few different meters -- such as iambic tetrameter or pentameter -- are appealing to the ear.
The first line speaks an independently romantic sentiment
: It's funnier if you save the vitriol for the second line, so that the first line builds an expectation that the couplet will end sweetly.
The second line resolves the first line in a funny, harsh and inextricably connected way
'You make me laugh / You smell like a giraffe.'
is weak for this reason: it is merely a romantic line followed by an unromantic line.
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