Monday, May 14, 2007

Weekly Writing Challenge--The Sonnet

A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem in iambic pentameter with a carefully patterned rhyme scheme. The English or Shakespearean sonnet, developed first by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-1547), consists of three quatrains and a couplet--that is, it rhymes abab cdcd efef gg. A very favorite and familiar sonnet is Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" Observe the elements of this sonnet in the figure below: (click on the figure to see it more clearly)

Now try writing your own sonnet. Share your results with us in the comment section, or leave a link to your poetry blog. This week we'll be posting more information about the sonnet, and sharing some great examples of this form of poetry.


Kullervo said...

Does mine already count? Or do I have to write a new one?

Bored in Vernal said...

Yes, it counts! Readers, make sure to visit Kullervo's blog and read his sonnet. I love it!

And you're always welcome to write a new one...

Bored in Vernal said...

Read Artemis' Sonnet to DH. Very sensual!

Bored in Vernal said...

I'm pasting in Kullervo's sonnet:
And as the petals fall from flowery trees
The world beyond us dims and fades away;
The twilight wind blows silent symphonies-
No words, because there are no words to say.
In shadows cast beneath the moonlit skies
Stand giants, lions, gods, and kings-
With glimpses of tomorrow in their eyes
They watch us from a yesterday that sings
Her haunting, melancholy melody,
And nothing but the warmth and tremble of
Your touch can tame the whirling revelry.
The statues melt like snowflakes while above
Us, brilliant as it passes from our sight,
A thousand dying suns light up the night.

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