Sicilian Quintain Notes

Used by many poets over the centuries, the Sicilian Quintain originally had no set meter, later formalized by 15th century English poets to iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme of ababa cdcdc edede and so on Example Vampyric Love by Jez Farmer Each night I see her beauty standing there,My sweet angel of purity and … Continue reading Sicilian Quintain Notes

Sicilian Septet Notes

Relatively unused by the Sicilian court until the 15th century when it was fed back from England like the Rima the Sicilian Septet had no pre-set meter, however English poets formalized the stanza to iambic pentameter. I’d say the choice lies with the poet. The rhyme scheme is as follows abababa Example The Kaiserin by … Continue reading Sicilian Septet Notes

The Power Within

Where lies the power to conquer the dark When stars do not shine, the moon has no light And the thoughts of the mind are cold and stark In a lost world where is the hidden truth...

Sonnet to Grief

As time stands silent at the forest’s verge Alone where mysteries of love converge From the trees see melancholy emerge Its sweet song of love now a dismal dirge...

Sicilian Octave Notes

Another Italian form popular with sonneteers is the Sicilian Octave. Originally it would have had no set meter, although iambic pentameter is currently popular. The octave has the following rhyme scheme: abababab Example Nightingale by Ryter Roethicle I am a nightingale and a singer of the truthThis flower is my symbol and my love.Each night … Continue reading Sicilian Octave Notes

The Place

The place to find that perfect sense of peace And too, it is the place to find pure joy Where loneliness and pain must truly cease...

Rime Couée Notes

The Rime Couée is a French form written over two rhymes. The first is a rhyming couplet of eight syllables then a shorter third line of six lines. The two couplets rhyme as so the shorter lines. This gives a form pattern of xxxxxxxaxxxxxxxaxxxxxbxxxxxxxaxxxxxxxaxxxxxb Example Butterfly Dance by Jez Farmer Slowly feasting on petaled roseNature’s … Continue reading Rime Couée Notes

Short Measure Notes

A variation of the Common Measure form, Short Measure consists of three lines of iambic trimeter, and a third line in iambic tetrameter. Including the rhyme scheme this gives the following patternxxxxxaxxxxxbxxxxxxxaxxxxxb Example Slainte by Gloria Carpenter To water down a drinkis sometimes a request;yet what a waste, I often thinkwhen strongest form is best. … Continue reading Short Measure Notes

Illini Sonnet Notes

Created by Nel ModglinStructure: QuatorzainMeter: Decasyllabic/Octsayllabic or pentameter/tetrameterSchema: abcabcdbcdecee.Additionally,L1,L4,L5,L8,L9 and L12 are tetrameter and L2,L3,L6,L7,L10,L11,L13 and L14 are pentameter. Example Bloody Admin by Jez Farmer The desk is lonely as dawn breaksAnd outside morning chorus how it singsIn the lazy rays of an early sunIn the kitchen coffee pot shakesIt’s that aroma of all thingsThat … Continue reading Illini Sonnet Notes

Kiwi Pause Notes

Created by: Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: QuatorzainMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abbaccddeffegg Example Meter Matter by Lawrence Eberhart Constrained by form a sonnet forces rhymeAnd rhyme without some meter is bad verseLike Paul and Mary lacking Peter – worseDiscord will sometimes shout to me, ‘Watch out!’My deafness frequently obscures that shoutAnd bumps appear that other readers … Continue reading Kiwi Pause Notes

Septilla Notes

A seven-line form the Septilla originally consisted of octosyllabic line, however tetrameter and pentameter are now equally acceptable. There is a degree of flexibility for the poet in that there is a choice of rhyme schema.aabccba Example Scars by Leny Roovers Behind mantilla's black lace shieldher wounds lay open, near revealed.Her body, tall and straight, … Continue reading Septilla Notes