The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

How Do You Sonnet?

*I promised a sonnet for our 300th Like on Facebook…then got a small bout of writer’s block. Doran and Chris emailed me mocking (at times in haiku) my inability to write a sonnet. This is my reply…*

I can write a mother effing sonnet
at this moment I lack motivation
so get that bee from out of your bonnet
and judge me not for my hesitation

For a sonnet is what a sonnet be-
cannot be late for ’tis always on time;
wizard of words never arrive early.
ABAB, repetition of rhyme.

But, sonnet indeed must be inscrib’d here
not why, nor what, nor wherefore knowest I
obfuscation of words, meaning unclear
Relevant Poetry? Pie in the sky

Colin Gilbert is our three hundredth Like
“F You, Sonnet!” as I droppeth the mic.

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

8 comments on “How Do You Sonnet?

  1. David Emeron
    May 16, 2013

    Considering the nature of my own site, this offering was most enjoyed. Although… I confess I feel most able to express myself in the strictest of forms such that I do not mind at all burdening such a form with additional constraints. You must judge for yourself if my words are elucidative or obfuscatory.

    A word, then two, a fountain like a stream
    That wears away a mountain. Time, a spring,
    Reflection over aeons; it can bring
    Perfection. Though it presses down, extreme

    In ways of mystery. Its form can seem
    To press its history: On such a common thing
    As common coal, transformative, may wring
    A diamond fine and whole. And so supreme

    A form may limit, yet such limits might
    Become the set of forces pressed upon
    So commonplace a line as these I write.

    The queen of all poetic forms: I fight
    Her storms of pressure; educated on;
    And opened up, my mind, to all her light.

    This is #5 in a sequence of seven (so far) oddly germane to this post of yours, which I very much enjoyed.
    #6 of the same sequence features even more constraints as well as a generous helping of metaphor (given that my background is in the hard sciences) to which perusal of the entire sequence might offer some small illumination.

    Of these seven, five are, as is the one above, in the (English version of the) Italian style, #4, as is yours above, in the Shakespearean style, and the one I mention, #6, is in a form which I call “reverse Spenserian,” a form of my own devising–although I may well not be the first to invent such a form. In any case, I have found that most sonnet forms reverse well, although in some cases, one needs to expand ones definition of reversal for such a thing to work.

    • J. Gabriel Allan
      May 16, 2013

      I see what you did
      and I like it quite a lot!
      A simple haiku.

      • David Emeron
        May 23, 2013

        I loved the way you dealt with your frustration, however. I find I am a freak of nature that does not have stage fright or writer’s block. I am not sure why this is; however I will say I do spend, or have spent quite a lot of time trying not to write. avoiding those ideas that popped unbidden into my mind. But when it comes right down to it, the only thing for it is to relent. : )

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