Italian Sonnet Notes

Italian Sonnet 1

Structure: Octave and sestet
Meter: decasyllabic or pentameter
Schema: abbaabba cdcdcd

Example

Cinderella’s Fetish by Jez Farmer

An obsession once a cute quirk
Engaging her within my desire
Delicate feet dancing with fire
And I felt all my senses jerk
For her heart I was going berserk
With love and lust on a live wire
But too soon the passions turned dire
There are no more hours I can work
To feed her addiction and lust
For slippers, stilettos and boots
Finest leather just to tread dust
So many shoes he substitute
Destroying love, destroying trust
Her passion I once found so cute

Italian Sonnet 2

Structure: Octave and sestet
Meter: decasyllabic or pentameter
Schema: abbaabba cddcee

Example

Ballet and Bandits by Jez Farmer

The Garden is still heaving at midnight
Tourists and revellers after a show
And the last trains are blaring ‘time to go’
An atmosphere to awaken delight
As 2am strikes the Garden falls quite
Quiet; now the pubs have closed and clubs glow
For the all-nighters are in their full flow
As another drunk staggers out of sight
And still the broken minds lurking about
In a side street hidden back in the shade
The echo of voices; a flashing blade
The day begins with a stall holder’s shout
Bowler hats and suits rise from underground
And pickpockets dip for what can be found

Italian Sonnet 3

Structure: Octave and sestet
Meter: decasyllabic or pentameter
Schema: abbaabba cdecde

Example

Curiosity’s Fortune by Jez Farmer

Ask the question and all the answers come
So many answers and all them are right
Which one will inspire the mind to flight
It is enough to leave the thinking numb
And I’m left wondering was I so dumb
To ask this old question so late at night
As too many answers now come to light
And I have no idea where they come from
But it’s too late when the question’s been asked
The truth I sort and the truth I must chase
Through chaos and confusion like a maze
Beyond the now leaving behind the past
This reality I now have to face
And let my life enter this, a new phase

Italian Sonnet 4

Structure: Octave and sestet
Meter: decasyllabic or pentameter
Schema: abababcc defdef

Example

The Rigi State of Mind by Jez Farmer

The queen of mountains, a peak for the climb
But she is much more than a place to go
Inspiring words of an old poet’s rhyme
On her paths the state of mind starts to flow
Between pulsing attitudes of lost time
Between lake waters and eternal snow
Sweet mountain side of memories sublime
The place where Goethe’s soul I came to know
Looking out from your crest I see delight
Capturing poet’s words and artist’s paint
From Alpine peaks to the lakes the eyes see
Reasons the artists paint and poets write
Before their minds’ recall becomes to faint
And creative dreams are lost to Rigi

Italian Sonnet 5

Structure: Octave and sestet
Meter: decasyllabic or pentameter
Schema: abababcc defdef

Example

In His Light by Jez Farmer

Amid blustering winds and rain he shines
And the seasons turn to the coming spring
The Equinox nears in his early signs
When day equals night his rebirth we sing
The return of life within nature divine
To the glory of the holy Sun King
His spirit dances in daffodil cloud
Once more the god of earth is marching proud
He marches forth away from winter’s chill
Forward he marches to the Beltane day
And the flowers of spring bloom in his wake
While sparrows serenade love in their shrill
Song; the lord of ages dancing his way
And in his light we feel the winter break

Italian Sonnet 6

Structure: Octave and sestet
Meter: decasyllabic or pentameter
Schema: abababcc dedede

Example

Floating City by Jez Farmer

Old city of art that echoes romance
On meandering canals of lost dreams
And immoral lovers kiss in a chance
On the bridges, in the square, moonlit streams
The kisses that wander into the dance
In a passion that is more than it seems
For here the noise of the world is shut out
By her beauty that lingers all about
In her streets she saw the Renaissance play
Refugees and religion, art galore
Memories of time always there to stay
As the city slowly sinks a bit more
Her elegance entwined with her decay
Venice, drowning like lust lost in decor

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