A wild revolution of body and mind When towards self you begin to be kind
Created by: Rupert BrookeStructure: Couplet and 3 quatrainsMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme Scheme: aa bcbddedefgfg Example Sonnet Reversed by Rupert Brooke Hand trembling towards hand; the amazing lightsOf heart and eye. They stood on supreme heights. Ah, the delirious weeks of honeymoon!Soon they returned, and, after strange adventures,Settled at Balham by the end of June.Their money … Continue reading Sonnet Reversed Notes
What are these words that speak of love so true In the wilderness of our busy world The wild words of love speak to me and you
Hidden in the density of trees The secret plans of escape While humans lurch from scrape to scrape As the world falls to its knees
When tears were falling from my eyes And words of love just didn’t care You were there to hear my heart’s cries
With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climbest the skies; How silently, and with how wan a face! What, may it be that even in heavenly place That busy archer his sharp bow tries?
They're changing the guard at Buck house Jump on the tube or we’ll be late “Mind the gap” the tinny voice shouts I wonder if we will see Will and Kate? Or are they away shooting grouse?
The leaf that floats upon the river’s flow as is my heart upon a winding trail beneath the boughs of sleepy willow trees
To escape there must be a way out A door that opens into the light Away from the darkness of being inside For a brighter horizon to come into sight Of this I’m certain, no shadow of doubt
A proud spirit in humility, meek As a tenderness embraces the heart In an unknown light where pure love can speak
From Tuscany came my lady’s worthy race; Fair Florence was sometimes her ancient seat; The western isle, whose pleasant shower doth face Wild Camber’s cliffs, did give her lively heat.
Created by: Dennis NguyenStructure: QuatrazainMeter: No meter specifiedRhyme Scheme: abcdeedcbaffaAdditional Notes: when read from the top has a pessimistic tone, when read from the bottom it is more optimistic Example A Measure of Character by Larry Eberhart What you are told in confidenceif you hold secret to your breastreward will flow in unknown ways.An urge … Continue reading Sephallian Reverse Sonnet Notes
And in her beauty dwells my ludic sprite, my honour freely given to love's delight, hand holding hand throughout the darkest night revealed the place we dream when life's contrite.
How silently time passes by Like a river that flows through fields A force of life lost to the eye
On the veranda their playing the blues In soulful tunes expressing their sorrow At hateful bullshit they heard on Fox News And is it worth waking up tomorrow
Through the window our garden speaks to me In echoes of jasmine, roses, and maple tree
My galley charged with forgetfulness Through sharp seas in winter nights doth pass ‘Tween rock and rock; ad eke mine enemy, alas, That is my lord, steereth with cruelness;
In the silence that lingers neath the moon, two lovers dance where strings softly croon, the mystery of love a golden boon as romance reveals our passions tune the joy of desire will glow for us soon and light the way of love as it were noon.
My lady came across on scented vent, from east to west an orchid of torment her beauty captures me in lust's intent, the coolness of her kiss, my sacrament
Created by: Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Pentameter or tetrameterRhyme Scheme: abcb acdc aded ae (c and d rhymes should be feminine) Example Tramp Stamp 777LLY by Larry Eberhart I don’t know why my daddy named his car.He named it Lilly, and my mom don’t care.He says she’s has a soft … Continue reading Salamander’s Fireburst Notes
In that first avoidance of meeting eyes In sudden silence love begins to speak A hundred unshed tears wear no disguise
Today I feel you there right beside me So close I should be able to hold you Was that a breeze or your breath on my neck? Yet only with my eyes closed can I see While my heart still feels and still longs for you I wish Fate had dealt a different deck
Structure: 14-line stanzaMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme Scheme: ababbccdedeeff Example The Prioress’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer Domine, dominus noster. O Lord, Our Lord, Thy name how marvelousIs spread through all this mighty world,” said she“For not alone Thy praise so gloriousIs given by men of worth and dignity,But from the mouths of children Thy bountyIs hymned, … Continue reading Rime Royal Sonnet Notes
Impatient heart can’t bare the waiting Desperately seeking a love’s passion Searching small ads, scanning a pick-up site Then desire thought let’s try that speed dating Five minutes of chit-chat in a countdown fashion The clocks ticking rushing into love’s bite
The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
If love can be as clear as crystal glass so shall my heart be opened like a book for there is not one thing that can surpass the love in me if she should care to look
My lovely island in the sea of life, a summer's night with her, my paradise, susurrus grasses calling end to strife, with shores resounding joys of love's advice
Come my witches, come cast our magic spell This Samhain night there’s so much to be done Bring the tools of flight, bring them one by one Come my witches and stir the cauldron well
Created by: Lisa MorrisStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme Scheme: abba cbbc dbbd bbAdditional Notes: The first four syllables of line one, are repeated in lines 5 and 9.The fourth syllable of the refrain establishes the b-rhyme Example I Did Not Go by Lisa Morris I did not go with thoughts of … Continue reading Refrained Sonnet Notes
Still you say you don’t like my badass ways And why can’t I just for once just be nice
With October nights drawing in Autumn arrives in gowns of gold Gathering apples for bobbin’
Like a dumb creature in a field I call So sad for my love lost in constrained thought Sub-conscious tears helplessly conscious While pitying eyes hold me and I’m caught Like a lamb in brambles of shame I fall
If but some vengeful god would call to me From up the sky, and laugh: ‘Thou suffering thing, Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
So I fell in love at the first hello A passion stirring deep from the get-go
All the kids come out calling Trick or Treat Their plastic buckets are overflowing With sweet treats, but there are no tricks showing So this year my trick must have them all beat
Late-born and woman-souled I dare not hope The freshness of the elder lays, the might Of manly modern passion shall alight...
What is the language that love speaks, what tongue Do the words take that softly flush a cheek When whispered as gently as the heart sung...
I wished to feel unconditional love For selfish wants to abandon my soul And so to understand devotions so deep...
I want to write you a love song, baby I want to sing my love to you, baby As your glazed eyes look at me with maybe...
Take the unused road, so the poets say Follow paths untouched by another’s feet Listen to the earth and dance to her beat...
“If you love…” words that shut me out And so I crave to be alone Love to fill me with so much doubt...
Created by: Possibly John DonneStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme Scheme: abba abba cdcd ee Example Holy Sonnet # 1 by John Donne Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?Repair me now, for now mine end doth haste;I run to death, and Death meets me as fast,And all my pleasures … Continue reading Hybrid Sonnet Notes
O’er this huge town, rife with intestine wars, Whence as from monstrous sacrificial shrines Pillars of smoke climb heavenward. Night inclines ...
Rosarian Sonnet 1 Structure: Two quintains and a quatrainMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme Scheme: aabcc ddbee fggf Example Parasite by Jez Farmer I treasured you; my heart became your hostWith love declared yet you hurt me the mostYour eyes couldn’t see any good in meMy pain commenced with your glances of hateBut you said you loved … Continue reading Rosarian Sonnet Notes
On Halloween night when the veil is thin I hear your footsteps touch upon the ground The shadow from the corner of an eye...
I knew her thoughts and she knew mine before Words could speak; and as we walked hand in hand The silent embrace of love held us more...
Gathering at the gates of privacy Vultures descending into piracy...
A sacred space where my spirit is free My secrets are safe and my soul can be While I am walking out within their love...
Created by: Barry HopkinsStructure: 12 Line stanzaMeter: Heptameter or 14-syllable linesRhyme Scheme: aabbccddeeff Example A Black Narcissus Fantasy by Larry Eberhart Jejunity’s absent from every verse that poet pensImmunity from boredom is a treat his work portends.Self-deprecating humor laced with frequent badinageO’er shadows grand intelligence he tries to camouflage.He teaches while he plays with words, … Continue reading Folded Sonnet Notes
One face looks out from all the canvases, One selfsame figure sits or walks or leans; We found her hidden just behind those screens...