Rondel Notes

A neglected yet beautiful poetic form the Rondel is a thirteen-line form constructed over two rhymes. There is also a refrain, which is set by the first two lines of the first stanza. The meter is open to the poet’s discretion but like most French poetry forms is usually eight-syllable lines. The rhyme scheme is … Continue reading Rondel Notes

John Milton’s Caudated Sonnet Notes

Structure: Octet and two sestetsMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme scheme: abbaabba cdecde effegg Example Duskfall by Jez Farmer The gentle lapping water echoes duskA lake shimmering bright in purple pinkWhile distant shorelines into shadows sinkAnd the air takes on the eventide’s muskAnd trees whisper as night birds start to buskTheir songs of love inspire a mate … Continue reading John Milton’s Caudated Sonnet Notes

John Tee Sonnet Notes

Structure: QuatorzainMeter: No meter requirementSchema: ABcdefABghijAB Example Watching the Sea by Jez Farmer While sitting on the shore I watched the sea,My heart was seeking the answers of life,I saw the waves, cascading white horsesReleased to run towards the pebbled shoreEach pushing further in towards the landAnd washing sun-baked stones until they shone.While sitting on … Continue reading John Tee Sonnet Notes