Monday, August 4, 2014

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.


Love Sonnet

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




Another example:

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

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