Students will be judged on the following in their performance of the classic poem: accuracy, difficulty, physical presence (including articulation and movement), audience engagement, and overall artistic display.
Students will be judged on the following in their recitation of the response poem: poetic craft (elements such as imagery, word choice, and rhythm), dramatic presence, (including articulation and movement), time (no more than 3 minutes), audience engagement, & overall artistic display.
In the crafting of their response poems, students must adhere to the following guidelines. Teams that violate the guidelines may be disqualified without a refund at any time:
- 3 minute maximum for response poem. Students will lose points for extra time needed for their response poems. Time is not a factor for judging of the classic poem.
- No singing or non-poetic vocalizations
- No props. (The poet is the only prop)
- No overly vulgar or offensive language or content. OC RYSE occurs at a public school and is intended for a broad audience. Language choices that are considered inappropriate should not be included in your response poems, and inclusion may be grounds for disqualification. Common sense should dictate what is appropriate; when this is unclear, the faculty advisor is responsible for providing guidance or contacting the event organizers. A blanket rule does not exist, but with instances of mature language and topics (such as abuse, addiction, poverty) poets are simply asked to write & perform with mindfulness.