We are all poets and we know what a sonnet is. Don’t we?
Everyone knows that a sonnet rhymes, and there are rhyme schemes.
Everyone knows that a sonnet is written in meter. More specifically iambic pentameter.
A sonnet has fourteen lines, and a sonnet has something called a volta too. We all know that.
But if I mention sonnets we shall not forget Pablo Neruda.
Love sonnet XVII
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
Notice that it has:
No rhyme scheme
No meter (or as I prefer to say – a free meter)
But it has 14 lines, and a volta when you go from the two quatrain into the the concluding tercets.
This is consistent with an Italian (or Petrarchan sonnet).
Today I want you to write a free verse sonnet in the same style. State your problem in the first two quatrain (pack it with metaphors, with mystery and imagery). Then apply it for real in the concluding part that resolves the poem, and for those of you who cannot live without rhyme and meter write a Petrarchan sonnet.
Publish the sonnet to your blog and link up to Mr Linky below.
Leave a comment with me (the bartender), it’s always a pleasure to hear about what you guys are up to.
Then hit the trail, read and learn. Enjoy all the poetry and let yourself be inspired to the the next level next time. Maybe even write a second entry. But most of all: