Sam Peralta gave us a fascinating insight into the poet John Clare, who brought a new type of sonnet to us – rhyming couplets, no Volta. . Clare himself wrote mainly on nature and I couldn’t think of a theme until I read some of the contributions at http://dversepoets.com/2012/05/03/formforall-clarian-sonnets/ and then I was off
To write a poem only counting syllables
is, to the metre, murder most despicable.
Iambic rhythm has a special flow
without it every sonnet lacks the glow
of music to the soul and makes me sigh,
frustrated, gaze in anguish at the sky.
De da, de da, de da, de da, de da
is how you’re meant to write—it’s not so hard.
You’re free to break the rule by just a little
but you forget the rhythm at your peril.
Think Wand’ring lonely as a big white cloud
Go on then, say it, read it out aloud.
Think Curfew tolls the knell of parting day
to send those lumpy rhythms on their way.