General Poetry posted September 27, 2017

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Sonnet - English

Winsome Winds of Love

by Just2Write

Fair be the winsome winds of love that blow -
They mingle with the gold of sunlight's touch
and paint my world in rosy summer's glow
though winter's come and I miss you so much.

If only we could share love's bold embrace
or find forever in a savoured kiss;
I'd know the bliss of purity and grace:
when two hearts meld to share a love like this.

Yet, even when the sun and moon align,
when all the stars that shine so bright above,
I'll seek you out and with each hug define
how we'll embrace forever with our love.

Like wretched hearts who fought for love and lost
I'll pay the price, no matter what the cost.

Sonnet Poetry Contest contest entry


The English sonnet has the simplest and most flexible pattern of all sonnets, consisting of 3 quatrains of alternating rhyme and a couplet:
a b a b
c d c d
e f e f
g g

All Quatrains: In each quatrain develops a specific idea, but one closely related to the ideas in the other quatrains.
First quatrain: An exposition of the main theme and main metaphor. (abab)
Second quatrain: Theme and metaphor extended or complicated; often, some imaginative example is given. (cdcd)
Third quatrain: Peripeteia (a twist or conflict), often introduced by a "but" (very often leading off the ninth line). (efef) This is called the volta and is most commonly found on line 9 (S3L1)
Not only is the English sonnet the easiest in terms of its rhyme scheme, calling for only pairs of rhyming words rather than groups of 4, but it is the most flexible in terms of the placement of the volta. Shakespeare often places the "turn," as in the Italian, at L9:
Equally, Shakespearian Sonnets can delay the volta from line 9 to the final couplet, as in "Sonnet LXXIII" (below) where each quatrain develops a metaphor describing the aging of the speaker, while the couplet then states the consequence--"You better love me now because soon I won't be here":
Couplet: Summarizes and leaves the reader with a new, concluding image. (gg)

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