Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry. Last week, I posted some of my fibonacci in the second of a short series (following up on haikus), introducing you to the shorter forms of poetry. You can read the post on Haiku here and on Fibonacci here. Today, we are looking at sonnets. Wikipedia explains them as the following…
“A sonnet is a poetic form which originated in Italy; Giacomo Da Lentini is credited with its invention. The term sonnet is derived from the Italian word sonetto (from Old Provençal sonet a little poem, from sonsong, from Latin sonus a sound). By the thirteenth century it signified a poem of fourteen lines that follows a strict rhyme scheme and specific structure. Conventions associated with the sonnet have evolved over its history. Writers of sonnets are sometimes called “sonneteers”, although the term can be used derisively.”
The rhyming scheme mentioned is A, B, A, B, C, D, C, D, E, F, E, F, G, G) where each letter rhymes with its mate.
I’ve written very few (because I don’t write much poetry) but here’s one which is about… the title gives it away. 🙂
Writing a Sonnet
The rules say the lines must total fourteen
Easier said than done is what I think
Then to add a trick, and to be so mean
Have ten syllables per line, what a stink!
I’ll give it a go but it may not work
If it takes many hours, I won’t give up
I’ll keep on ‘til the end, I shall not shirk
Down to the dregs of my cold coffee cup
It’s coming together, just bit by bit
I’m ever so pleased and give a big ‘whoop’
But it all goes wrong. I slump where I sit
Then pick myself up and vow to regroup
Then near the end, it starts to take shape
It’s done. Oh, hoorah! I can now escape!
- and from this blog, advice from Alice Shapiro, Angelita Williams, Cendrine Marrouat, John J Hohn, Kerry Hammerton, Phillip Ellis.
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