Canadian Sonnet (English) Notes

Structure: 2 quatrains and 2 tripletsMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abba bccb efg efg Example: Champagne Flute by Jez Farmer Two bubbles within the glass flute appearBoth born of wine to rise in time as oneFor destiny will never be outdoneAs streams of condensation swiftly clearIn icy cold sweetness we celebrateA joining the mystic eyes could … Continue reading Canadian Sonnet (English) Notes

Byronic Sonnet Notes

Structure: Octet and sestetMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abbaacca dedede Example: Sighing Kiss by Jez Farmer In love’s kiss the spirit is shared with loveAnd two hearts begin to beat as oneEntwined in union beneath the sunAs two surrender to the stars aboveHer hand in mine so it fits like a gloveWhile her eyes deny me … Continue reading Byronic Sonnet Notes

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

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

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.

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

Chivalric Sonnet

Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter Structure: 3 quatrains and a couplet Rhyme Scheme: xaxa xbxb xcxc dd Example: Down by the Stream by Jez farmer Each night I walk past the tree-lined stream, And see the seasons flowing quickly by, The silver shards that moonlight leaves behind, Entwined with rusty gold of autumn's sigh. I sit … Continue reading Chivalric Sonnet

Cerispring Sonnet

Meter: Alternating tetrameter and trimeter Structure: 2 triplets. a couplet and 2 triplets Rhyme Scheme: aba bcb dd cec efe Example: Falling Leaves by Jez Farmer In golden flurries falling leaves Bid farewell summer sun And Mother Earth wears autumn sleeves. The field are bare, the harvest done, And songs surround the fire The darker … Continue reading Cerispring Sonnet

Betwixt Sonnet

Created by: Jose Rizal M. Reyes Structure: 3 quatrains and a couplet Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter Rhyme Scheme: abba cbbc dbbd bb Example: Immortal Words by Jez Farmer The first time I said the words ‘I love you’ Forever seemed a vast expanse of time Immortal like words captured in a rhyme But it’s no … Continue reading Betwixt Sonnet

Echo Sonnet

Created by: Jeff Green Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter Structure: 3 quatrains and a couplet Rhyme Scheme: a1bba2 acca2 adda2 a1a2 Example: Lebensraum by Jez Farmer To find the place where gods reside; just look Into a candle’s solitary flame And listen for their voice to call your name Within the self, and there you’ll find … Continue reading Echo Sonnet

Bardic Sonnet

Created by: William Kenneth Keller Structure: 3 quatrains and a couplet 1. The rhyme is to be internal cross rhyme, not end rhyme. This is formally known as interlaced rhyme. The interlaced rhymes should occur within the first 3 feet of the line. 2. Rather than end rhyme, the form employs a type of alliteration … Continue reading Bardic Sonnet

Envelope Sonnet

Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter Structure: Octet and sestet Rhyme Scheme: abbacddc efgefg Example: Romancing the Verse by Jez Farmer Romantic heart that graced paper and ink Inspiring poets far beyond your time With words that danced across the years between And on the page your dreams of love are seen By lovers seeking the sense … Continue reading Envelope Sonnet

English Sonnet

Rhyme Scheme: abab cdcd efef gg Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter Structure: 3 quatrains and a couplet Example: The Black Hound of Destiny by Jez Farmer As darkness takes our souls to hell what has become of pleasant dreams when death has tolled its final bell no one remains to hear the screams. Gwyllgi calls, the … Continue reading English Sonnet

Busta Sonnetto 2

Rhyme Scheme: abcba deed fghgf Meter: No meter requirement Structure: Quintain, quatrain and quintain Example: Divine Pleasures by Jez Farmer The chime that travels in to yesterday An echo of youth now so distant When the heat of summer meant endless fun Responsibility non-existent When all we had to do was run and play The … Continue reading Busta Sonnetto 2

Busta Sonetto 1

Meter: No meter requirement Structure: 2 quintains and a quatrain Rhyme Scheme: abcba defed ghhg Example: Danish Prince by Jez Farmer A soliloquy questions life or death One man’s desperate plea seeking choice As he utters ‘to be or not to be’ The strain echoing in his troubled voice And again as he draws into … Continue reading Busta Sonetto 1

Burns’ Sonnet

Meter: No meter requirement Structure: 3 quatrains and a couplet Rhyme Scheme: abab cddc effe gg Example: Final Justice by Jez Farmer The door slammed shut, I was alone again With thoughts for friends and darkness my comfort Watching the place where my body was slain My spirit watches without a consort I see the … Continue reading Burns’ Sonnet