, ,

Hello this is Frank Hubeny.  Last month I offered a challenge to write a seven-line poem using any form and noted that the number 7 suggests perfection for some.  Today I double the challenge.  The challenge is to write a poem of fourteen lines using any or no particular form.

Hopefully I will be more creative next month and we will be safe from the virus so I don’t expect to triple the challenge.

I plan to use some sonnet form for my poem, but you are not required to do so.  Even using the sonnet form as a guide there are at least two main versions, the Shakespearean sonnet and the Petrarchan sonnet.  Both have an iambic pentameter meter, but their rhyme and organization differ.  

The Shakespearean sonnet has a rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG with a volta after the first twelve lines. The final two lines act as punch lines.  The Petrarchan sonnet has a rhyme scheme something like ABBAABBA CDECDE with the volta after the first eight lines. There are variations to these rhyme schemes.  

The volta divides the poem into two parts.  This offers the opportunity to shift the perspective of the poem.  The second part of the poem can be used to resolve or provide a contrast to the tension or perspective in the first part.  

To participate write a poem of fourteen lines (no other constraint is required) and post it on your blog.  Copy the link to your blog post and paste it in the Mister Linky below.  The Mister Linky will be open for the next 48 hours.

Link to this post in your blog so your readers know how to reach dVerse in case they would like to participate.  Check out the posts of the other poets who have linked with you.  See how they met the challenge.  You may also post a comment below.