Curtailed Quaintrelle Notes

Created by Marcy Jarvis
Structure: Three quatrains + couplet
Three quatrains consisting of 8,8,8,6 syllables of iambic meter in each quatrain with an internal rhyme on the third line of each stanza on the 4th and 8th syllables. The sonnet closes with a couplet of 8 syllable lines, in iambic meter, and rhyme as a couplet.
Schema:

xxxxxxxa
xxxxxxxa
xxxbxxxb
xxxxxc

xxxxxxxd
xxxxxxxd
xxxexxxe
xxxxxc

xxxxxxxf
xxxxxxxf
xxxgxxxg
xxxxxc

xxxxxxxh
xxxxxxxh

Example

Poem by Lawrence Eberhart

What twisted thinking must I use
to try this form yet not abuse
the notion held that sonnets meld
a volta, or a twist?
I boldly pound this keyboard now,
I think I’ve found the lee just how
allowing me, somehow the glee
I’m apt not to resist!
I’ll let this sonnet, as it should,
meander through here looking good,
then without fail, right here, curtail
a volta! Pound my fist!
The Nevada Sonnet: is the same.
Internal rhyme with sonnet name

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