EXERCISE Myth-take Challenge #10

Discussion in 'REFINING WRITING' started by Lstorm, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration.

    This week’s mythical element is: The tower of Babel

    In Christian mythology, the Tower of Babel was the tower that mankind built in an effort to reach God and to make a testament to their own might. However, before the tower could be completed, God confused the language of mankind so they could not complete it, then He scattered mankind all over the Earth so that they may never unite once again. The Tower of Babel is only one possible explanation for the origin of languages, but it can also be interpreted as a symbol of mankind's hubris and its desire to make monuments that symbolise their own greatness.

    Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.
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  2. The Steam-powered Clock tower
    Gears were turning, hearts were burning
    yearning for the hour
    pistons pumped and oil clumped
    never enough power
    Climbing higher above the pyer
    the children slept
    whispers bellowed while the streets harrowed
    the secrets that they kept
    The clock struck time, to the seas very bryne
    comprehending no crime
    Climbers lost foot, chocking on soot
    and drowned in turpentine
    They aimed for the stars, They tried much too hard
    so the star began to fall
    The time stood still, No cups to fill
    no waiting for the call.

    The Steam-powered clock tower
    stands to this day
    Stuck at One o' three for eternity
    or so they say.
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