The Sonnet is the topic of today’s blog.
Elizabethan sonnets or as they are commonly known Shakespearean sonnets consists of fourteen lines structured as three quatrains and a couplet.
In Shakespeare's sonnets, the volta (an unexpected turn in thought) usually comes in the couplet or last two lines. This volta usually summarizes the theme of the poem or introduces a fresh new look at the theme. The meter is usually iambic pentameter. The usual rhyme scheme is end-rhymed a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g.
A meter using an iambic foot is similar to the “da DUM” of a heart beat the emphasis on the DUM.
A standard line of iambic pentameter is five iambic feet in a row:
da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM
The following is an example:
”When I / do count / the clock / that tells / the time”
You will note that while my rhyme scheme follows these rules, my meter is another story.
By: Joe P. Attanasio
Your warm heart comforts me and I feel safe
Your strong embrace helps quell my every fear
Your strong belief in me; lifts my very faith
Tranquility flows from you, tongue to ear
Your inner peace, conquers my violent storm
Your order reigns supreme, my chaos gone
My chilling cold is vanquished by your warm
My darkest nightmare, chased out by your dawn
Your heart is safe with me, here you belong
I will love and cherish you forever more
I will soothe your soul with my tender song
I am yours completely, tis you I adore
Joy and happiness replace doom and gloom
In our hearts garden a flower will bloom
Fire and Ice Sonnet
By: Joe P. Attanasio
From a spark, to flame, to a raging fire
Transformed completely, from human to beast
Emotion moves from resentment to ire
All logic is lost, all control has ceased
Nothing matters, except what you desire
Ruthlessly pursued, with vengeance and hate
Angry; your violence will never tire
Your lust for vengeance, will never abate
I'm apathetic, my heart made of ice
I do not care; I have no emotion
I have no reaction you can entice
Take your fire and go jump in the ocean
When fire meets ice; fire never has a chance
Once touched by ice; that flame will never dance