Recently I wrote a sonnet in IMHO about my beloved new office chair. I have decided it would be sort of neat to see what sort of poems the SDMB could come up for certain types of poem, so why not start with sonnets?
A sonnet is a rhyming poem exactly 14 lines long. There are two major types of sonnets:
Shakespearian sonnets, which are organized into three quatrains and one rhyming pair, usually rhymed like ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. The three quatrains usually contain three distinct concepts, with the last two lines summing up the poem or delivering a climax. The rhymes can be mixed between the quatrains, too, like ABAB BCBC CDCD EE, which is a “Spenserian” sonnet.
Petrarchan sonnets, broken up into an eight-line octet (usually rhymed abbaabba) and a sextent (rhymed cde cde, or cdccdc, cdedce, or whatever.) The octet introduces a concept, and the sextet resolves it.
Sonnets are usually written in iambic pentameter, which is a mumbo-jumbo way of saying “Having ten syllables per line.”
So have at it; Write a sonnet. Don’t worry too much about getting 10 syllables per line or whatever, but what cool 14-line poem can you come up with for Dopers to admire?
Here is a sonnet as an example:
So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse,
And found such faire assistance in my verse,
As every Alien pen hath got my use,
And under thee their poesy disperse.
Thine eyes, that taught the dumb on high to sing,
And heavy ignorance aloft to flie,
Have added feathers to the learned’s wing,
And given grace a double majestie.
Yet be most proud of that which I compile,
Whose influence is thine and born of thee,
In others’works thou dost but mend the style
And arts with thy sweet graces graced be.
But thou art all my art, and dost advance
As high as learning my rude ignorance.