The Battle of The Armed Soldiers

1.      The competition is opened for Senior High School studentsand varsity.
2.      The participants are individuals.
3.      The maximum number of participants in the competition is 20 students for shs and 20 students for varsity level.
4.      The participants must re-register at the daily opening ceremony (non-represented). 
5.      The participant must re-register and attend the technical meeting.
6.      Participants who cannot attend the technical meeting are recommended to send their representative.
7.      The participant who is unable to attend the technical meeting should contact the competition’s committee.
1.      The competition will be hold in one round.
2.      At the technical meeting, participants must choose one poem that has been provided by the committee to read.
3.      Choice of Poems is as follows;

1. The Verdicts

Not in the thick of the fight,
    Not in the press of the odds,
Do the heroes come to their height,
    Or we know the demi-gods.

That stands over till peace.
    We can only perceive
Men returned from the seas,
    Very grateful for leave.

They grant us sudden days
    Snatched from their business of war;
But we are too close to appraise
    What manner of men they are.

And, whether their names go down
    With age-kept victories,
Or whether they battle and drown
    Unreckoned, is hid from our eyes.

They are too near to be great,
    But our children shall understand
When and how our fate
    Was changed, and by whose hand.

Our children shall measure their worth.
    We are content to be blind . . .
But we know that we walk on a new-born earth
    With the saviours of mankind.
2.  The Poet As Hero
You've heard me, scornful, harsh, and discontented, 
   Mocking and loathing War: you've asked me why 
Of my old, silly sweetness I've repented— 
   My ecstasies changed to an ugly cry. 

You are aware that once I sought the Grail, 
   Riding in armour bright, serene and strong; 
And it was told that through my infant wail 
   There rose immortal semblances of song. 

But now I've said good-bye to Galahad, 
   And am no more the knight of dreams and show: 
For lust and senseless hatred make me glad, 
   And my killed friends are with me where I go. 
Wound for red wound I burn to smite their wrongs; 
And there is absolution in my songs.

3. Absolution
The anguish of the earth absolves our eyes 
Till beauty shines in all that we can see. 
War is our scourge; yet war has made us wise, 
And, fighting for our freedom, we are free.

Horror of wounds and anger at the foe, 
And loss of things desired; all these must pass. 
We are the happy legion, for we know 
Time's but a golden wind that shakes the grass.

There was an hour when we were loth to part 
From life we longed to share no less than others. 
Now, having claimed this heritage of heart, 
What need we more, my comrades and my brothers?

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

"Had he and I but met
            By some old ancient inn,
We should have sat us down to wet
            Right many a nipperkin!

            "But ranged as infantry,
            And staring face to face,
I shot at him as he at me,
            And killed him in his place.

            "I shot him dead because —
            Because he was my foe,
Just so: my foe of course he was;
            That's clear enough; although

            "He thought he'd 'list, perhaps,
            Off-hand like — just as I —
Was out of work — had sold his traps —
            No other reason why.

            "Yes; quaint and curious war is!
            You shoot a fellow down
You'd treat if met where any bar is,
            Or help to half-a-crown."

4.      Participants will receive the serial number of appearances at the technical meeting.
5.      Participants who do not follow the technical meeting will get the last serial number on the day of the competition.
6.      Participants must be present 15 minutes before the competition starts.
7.      Participants who have re-registered and gotten a serial number must be ready to be in a designated place. If a participant is late, he or she must notify the committee, at least one hour prior to the competition.
8.      There will be a reduction as much as 10 points for the participants who come late.
9.      The participants bring and read the poem, with a note: not to be read constantly.
10.  Participant’s performance is based on serial numbers that have been drawn during the Technical Meeting.
11.  Participants whose turn it will be called three times. If the participant does not attend the call after 3 times, then the participant will automatically be saved in the last serial number and will be called back 3 times.
12.  If the participant remains absent without a clear notice, the participant is declared to be disqualified and the registration fee cannot be taken back.
13.  The duration for each performance is maximum 8 minutes. If it exceeds the specified time limit, the participants will be given additional time with consequent reduction of 10 points for every 1 minute increments.
14.  Assessment will be based on six criteria, which are;
a.       Total Comprehension
b.      Appearance (costume and demeanor)
c.       Voice (Volume)
d.      Pronunciations (Recitation)
e.       Intonation (high and low tones in a poetry reading)
f.       Expression (expression / facial gestures of the poem)
15.  The maximum score for each criterion is 100.
16.  The decision of the judges is absolute and inviolable.

1.      Participants must put on the serial number given by the committee.
2.      Clothes to wear for participants is the school uniform for shs and almamater for varsity.
3.      Participants are not allowed to withdraw from the match.
4.      Participant substitution or change of name of participant is only allowed before and during the technical meeting.
5.      The provision is absolute and inviolable.
6.      The registration fee for the participant who is disqualified or resigns is not refundable.
7.      The committee will determine other things that are not listed above later. 

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