1. Descending at the break of day, they play And shed into the dregs of night bright light, And then alight on sea or sand, and stand A bridge uniting sun and round, browned ground.
2. The world's south-western corner here we're near. Upon the Inca citadel hell fell: Conquistadors knew it might hold old gold. And llamas, in the dusty days' haze, graze.
3. A double six is all the lead we'd need To win the game; we roll the dice twice, thrice; No pattern, though, no ordered drill, will still Emerge from the miscellany we see.
4. In Homer's tale, for twenty-four or more Long centuries, Achilles' deed we'd read. He sneaked, inside a horse renowned, down town, And burned its topless towers, to lease Greece peace.
5. Its sense is keen; it always knows those foes Which yet confound my ear, defy my eye. In times of cold, though, it laments scents' sense, And might, although it cannot smell well, swell.
6. I ain't got time to boldly go, "Oh no! Schools differ on what parts of speech each teach!" Have not those underlines in green been seen? They're there wheree'er their player spare Care ere Flair!
My uprights, two of four, adore Aurora, And each day earlier meet her, sweeter greet her. Forth from the FIRST's eternal vernal kernel Yearly we see the fecund SECOND beckoned.
Wow, and again Wow. Impressive. I got bemused, confused, and used the wrong ending to number 4, although the clue was there to point to the correct term. Stanza #1 took me the longest, but is I think my favourite. It helped that I could guess the first upright after getting clues 5 and 6: I don't think I could have determined number 2 without a starting letter (although the final letter might have served just as well). And of course it's impressively crafted, particularly the way you avoid reusing words as self-rhymes and also manage fairly natural sentence construction. That relentless rhythm is going to be stuck in my head all day. May play tonight at last set it to rest, blessed rest... --AlexChurchill
Hmm, I think I can get all of it except Stanza 4, which - assuming my classics are right - should end in a letter different to the one prescribed by the upright. I suspect my classics are not right. As it happens, I got stanza 1 about the quickest. --CH
I had to google on a few key words from 4 to find the term which ended in the correct letter. But a word in the final line of 4 does indicate that's the term desired, not the one that thou and I initially guessed. --AC
Ah. I did wonder if it was that, but I thought it was an element. --CH
Yay, am glad people like it (BounceBounceBounce). I totally didn't foresee the trap AC and CH fell into. I probably shouldn't have mentioned Homer. I only mentioned him to try and hint that the answer was actually that, as opposed to its synonym with one fewer letter recently publicised by popular culture. I think googling "burned", "topless" and "towers" would also have got you there ... although, on second thoughts, I don't suggest googling "topless". --Rachael
''Actually "<word I thought it was going to be> topless" seemed to be perfectly safe. Which is probably just as well. --ChrisHowlett
Rachael: I can't tell if Vitenka/Riddle? is something clever that's gone over my head or a genuine question. In case it's the latter, and for the benefit of anyone else who, like me until recently, hasn't seen this kind of puzzle before and wants to know what's going on: an explanation.
The numbered stanzas (1-6) each give a clue to a word. If you find these words and write them on top of each other in the order given, their first letters will spell a word, and their last letters will spell another word - the "uprights". A clue to the uprights themselves is given in the last bit at the end of the poem.
An example of a solution would be: DRASTIC OPERA GAUNTLET in which the uprights are dog and cat.