Fatima Stanza Sonnet Notes

Created by Larry Eberhardt
Structure: Two quatrains, a couplet, and a quatrain
Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter
Rhyme Schema: abab bcbc cc cdcd

Example

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers by Larry Eberhardt

Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,
I ask that first you test your words alone.
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear
if anger stems from blunder of my own.
Retorts will make an argument full-blown.
Emotions can cause phrases to excite.
We might say words we later would disown.
We want to solve a problem, not to fight.
The calm approaches help make troubles slight.
If I have blundered then I’ll be contrite.
Now here’s the perfect way to do this right.
To help achieve a problem solving state,
My love, use whispers closely late tonight,
all goals are reached then embraced by your mate

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