Blues Sonnet Notes

Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameterStructure: Four triplets and a coupletRhyme Scheme: AAa BBb CCc DDd ee Example: Esbat Sonnet by Jez Farmer My Lady shines between the land and sea,Her lunar light that shimmers on the sea,In her fullness I see my destiny.Her guiding hand to lead the ebb and flow,Her gentle touch that brings natural … Continue reading Blues Sonnet Notes

Day of Rest

My ideal as I rise early with the birds to most I suppose that is quite absurd. Coffee brewing, the aroma fills the room

Blank Verse Notes

Strictly speaking, Blank Verse is a poem written in lines of iambic pentameter, however many poets relax this to decasyllabic lines, and why not, indeed. Blank verse poems can be in one stanza or broken into various stanzas of the line length the poet wishes. There is no rhyme scheme. Example: Riverside by Terry Clitheroe … Continue reading Blank Verse Notes

Checkmate

I saw you smile that day you first hit me Your eyes that filled with hate against the vow We made in sacred faith; the promise gone

Blank Verse Sonnet Notes

Blank Verse Sonnet NotesMeter: Decasyllabic or PentameterStructure: QuatorzainRhyme Scheme: None specified Example: Sleepless Night by Jez Farmer The night is waiting in silver moonlight,For lips to meet and share a lover's kiss,Between the hushened pleas and wanting sighs,As parting clouds reveal the moon is full,The night of sleepless dreaming has begun.The quiet stillness found in … Continue reading Blank Verse Sonnet Notes

Balassi Stanza Notes

Balassi Stanza Notes Believed to be the preferred stanza form f the Hungarian poet Balint Balassi the original stanza consisted of three lines of 19 syllables each

Malaysian Sonnet

This sonnet was created by the Philippine poet Jose Rizal M. Reyes. It uses an English structure of 3 quatrains and a couplet with a Spanish rhyme scheme. This gives the following rhyme meter aaba bbcb ccdc dd Example: Flying High by Jez Farmer My love, we're flying high above the night and through unguarded … Continue reading Malaysian Sonnet

Cornish Sonnet 1

Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameterStructure: 2 sestets and a coupletRhyme Scheme: Abacbc Dedfef AD Example: Lost Chances by Jez Farmer While walking rough roads my feet sore and bare, And dreams were far beyond my outstretched hands, Within the realms where no angels will dare, You turned away each time I reached for you, You wanted … Continue reading Cornish Sonnet 1

Rondeau

Rondeau The Rondeau is a challenging refraining stanza form. It consists of three stanzas, a quintet, a quatrain and a sestet. The first phrase of the first stanza sets the refrain, in fact the whole first line may be used if the poet so wishes.

Raven’s Rovi Sonnet

This sonnet was inspired by Ivor Hogg’s Ivorian sonnet form. As I like balance I have divided the sonnet into two septets the first being formed of a triplet and a quatrain, the second a quintain and a couplet.

Blank Verse

Blank Verse is constructed lines of iambic pentameter without a rhyme scheme. For longer poems, it can be divided into stanzas of varying length or stanzas of equal length.

Acrostic Poetry

Acrostic poetry is a short autonomous verse constructed by a placing capitalised word or phrase vertically down the page to form the initial letters of each line of poetry. Each line is used to relate to the word or praise the subject. Acrostic poetry can be used with various other poetic forms that fit with … Continue reading Acrostic Poetry

Sonnetina Uno

The first of the sonnetinas, the Sonnetina Uno is a ten-line form written in iambic tetrameter, pentameter or any other consistent meter. It is a blank verse. Example Unspeakable Need by Jez Farmer A whisper of lavender calls a dream, In gentle words that dare the heart to care As darker thoughts recall how love … Continue reading Sonnetina Uno

Shelley’s Sonnet

Percy Bysshe Shelly seemed to have a fondness for interlocking stanzas, possibly a nod to French literature. In his sonnet, he follows the continental octave and sestet format, but he also links the first four lines into the second half of the octave, again the second half of the octave links into the first half … Continue reading Shelley’s Sonnet

Rhopalic Verse

The Rhopalic verse is not as easy as it looks at first glance. The rules of the form are simple enough as for each line the first word is one syllable, the second is two, the third is three and so on. There are no other limits in line length or the number of stanzas. … Continue reading Rhopalic Verse

Octave

Octaves are widely known in their strict forms of variant metered rhyme schemas. However, they can also be eight-line stanzas that use one or more alternative poetic devices such as: syllable count, internal rhyme, a couplet in each stanza, meter and so on. For my example I have worked in Iambic Diameter, any rhymes are … Continue reading Octave

Luc Bat

Luc Bat translates to six eight and that is reflected in the 6868… syllable counts of the lines. Lines 1,3,5 and so on are all 6 syllables and lines 2,4,6 and so on are 8. The rhyme scheme is easy to remember too. The last syllable of an odd line rhymes with the 6th syllable … Continue reading Luc Bat

Malaysian Pantoum

Strict repeating forms are normally restricted by stanza count, syllable count or a cyclic repeat back to the first stanza. In it’s original Malaysian form there is no such restriction. The rhyme scheme is A1B1A2B2 B1C1B2C2 C1D1C2D2 … and so on. In it’s Malaysian format the pantoum is an ideal medium for narrative poetry that … Continue reading Malaysian Pantoum

French Pantoum

  A Malaysian form that has been adapted by the French to give the popular repeating-verse of quatrains we know today. The rhyme scheme is as follows: A1 B1 A2 B2 B1 C1 B2 C2 and so on until the closing stanza completes the circle by reversing A1 and A2 Z1 A2 Z2 A1. There … Continue reading French Pantoum

Constellation Sonnet

Created by: Terry Clitheroe Meter: Decasyllabic or Pentameter Structure: Two quintains and a quatrain Rhyme Scheme: ababa ababa cdcd Example: Metaphysical Dreams by Jez Farmer A stairway that leads away from this place Where two lovers can dance among the stars Their desires meet as one in time and space As destiny unites Venus and … Continue reading Constellation Sonnet

Magic 9

The Magic 9 is said to have been created by a typing mistake on the word ‘Abracadabra’ and given my initial typing misspelt it I can quite believe that too. The form is a simple progression stanza around the first line with lines 2 and 8 also rhyming with each other. There is no limit … Continue reading Magic 9

Catena Rondo

  The Catena Rondo, created by academic writer and poet Robin Skelton. It is a quatrain stanza form with the second line forming a rhyming couplet with the third line. The second line also becomes the first and fourth lines of the following stanza. There is no limit to the number of stanzas and the … Continue reading Catena Rondo

Etheree

The Etheree is a 10-lined poetry form with an ascending syllable count of 1 to 10 through lines 1 to 10. Therefore, line 1 has 1 syllable, line 2 has 2, and so on ending with line 10 and 10 syllables. Example: Elemental by Jez Farmer Fire Air, Earth Water sprites combined as one. Life's … Continue reading Etheree

Clare’s Sonnet

Created by: John Clare Meter: Any Structure: Quatorzain of couplets Rhyme Scheme: aabbccddeeffgg Example: Line by Line by Jez Farmer The soft touch of her lover’s lips On her skin his tongue slowly skips His hunger, her passion as one Defining love’s erotic fun Without words, with a metered beat Their verse inscribed in sexual … Continue reading Clare’s Sonnet

Choi’s Sonnet

Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter Structure: 3 quatrains and a couplet Rhyme Scheme: abab bbcc cdcd dd Example: Heat of the Moment by Jez Farmer I need to take you in my arms tonight, To hold you close and taste your lips on mine, And feel your sighs entwine with my delight, As passion wraps us … Continue reading Choi’s Sonnet