Sonnet Take Two

Okay, I confess.  Last week, wikihow put up an article on how to write a sonnet, and I silently decided to write one this year.  Poetry involving rhyme and meter is a stretch for me.  Anyway, I’ve not been happy with my first sonnet but I finally figured out what was going on.  Iwas writing a Shakespearean sonnet.  Those have ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyming schemes.  Well, in creating my couplets, I was rhyming them, but then splitting up the idea with the other couplet. 

Anyway, I decided to try a Petrarchan sonnet.   It has a ABBA ABBA CDE CDE rhyming scheme which may lend itself to the flow of ideas.  So, here’s my next attempt.  It still needs a lot of work.

And for the record, I worked off of the first attempt, so if it seems similar, there’s a reason.

More of What I Can’t Throw Away

Playthings I purchase by selling my day

But gizmos and gadgets, don’t own my heart

Not trinkets or toys, with those I could part

What is it that I could not throw away?


Ties of great friendships too steadfast to fray

Friends whom I’ve kept though we live far apart

Memories and dreams, some sweet and some tart

Echoes of laughter, young people at play


But it does not do to dwell in the past

Time shapes all things a potter’s skilled hand

Dreams from my past need not keep me frozen


Mem’ries are fleeting; dreams don’t have to last

Today is not what I yesterday planned

But there’s greater joy: the life I’ve chosen.


About Andrew

I'm a Christian, American, liberal, geeky, thoughtful, Northwest-transplanted Angeleno husband, father, and pundit who writes about anything he can think of.
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3 Responses to Sonnet Take Two

  1. kolembo says:

    Oh splendid, I think so. Really, metered poems and rhyme I find almost impossible to do but I derive a lot of pleasure in ones that work beyond simply being clever. Enjoyed this, thanks

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks. I’m far more comfortable with free verse (if that’s what it’s called) than rhyme and meter, and even then, it’s often a stretch for me. I’m far more comfortable with prose, but trying to stay within the constraints of the form is actually a fascinating exercise.

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