A Byronic Sonnet


You’d think a sonnet was just a sonnet,
each one the same poetic form
with fourteen lines ever the norm.
Not so, further study on it
reveals variety tectonic:
with use of convoluted rhyme
or no rhyme at all, a heinous crime
Lines broken into octet, sestet
in Italian or Petrarchan style
or twelve lines plus a rhyming couplet
like William Shakespeare’s – quite a trial.
Decide which, and work upon it –
with dedication you’ll compile
a thesis on the forms of sonnets.

for RJ Clarken’s in form poet at Poetic Bloomings.  The penultimate day of Octpowrimo wants us to shed light on a dark subject.  I’ve strayed somewhat from the spirit of the 
prompt, but what the heck, the challenge is almost over, and I’ve written to 95% of the suggested themes.

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10 Responses to A Byronic Sonnet

  1. Q says:

    Loved it, Viv! Feel like I just got an awesome poetry lesson!


  2. English teachers could use this!


  3. Beth Camp says:

    Oh, but I still want to know what exactly is a Byronic sonnet . . . more romantic than rhyme? Lovely balance here. I’m glad you strayed from today’s prompt! I appreciate the discipline in writing in such a formal form — and the delight in unexpected rhyme.


  4. colonialist says:

    I do prefer the rhythmic discipline
    Which is so regular within the scene
    Will Shakespeare favours to be locked within,
    And which is where my ones have often been.


  5. ladywhispers says:

    Wow what a rhythm this piece has and told us so much. Lovely.


  6. It has quite a nice little rhythm. I could actually picture a nice spoken word with a drumbeat in the background.


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