A Sonnet about Sonnets

I once wrote a sonnet about an experience that happened to me at Pennsic. When I posted it up on my personal journal for feedback, someone said, “It’s too short and it needs a chorus.”

When I’d stopped boggling at my monitor, I realized that some people just don’t know sonnet form and needed a crash course. And what better way to give a crash course, thought I, than in sonnet form?

So here you go, a sonnet about writing sonnets. The first in what will hopefully be a series.

The Sonnet is the Easiest of Poems
by Katherine Ashewode, “The Pocket Bard”
September 2006

The sonnet is the easiest of poems,
It really is a piece of cake to write,
You take a theme, like birds, or love, or homes,
And then just need to get the meter right.

For every line you need to have five “feet,”
Each one of them should make the sound “da-DUM,”
And don’t put in another type of beat
‘Cause then your sonnet really will sound dumb.

You also need to put some rhymes in there
To fill three verses, each will have four lines,
Lines one and three, and two and four will share,
And two lines at the end will also rhyme.

And so you see how easily it goes…
If you are William Shakespeare, I suppose.

2 Comments

  1. dddddddd said,

    December 1, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    wow

  2. February 21, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Impressed! I just wrote a sonnet on how frustrating sonnets were. Excellent job!


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