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Jeffrey's Sonnet

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Jeffrey's Sonnet is a recent verse form invented by Scott J Alcorn. My guess is either the middle intital "J." in Scott J. Alcorn stands for Jeffrey, or this sonnet frame is named for the title or subject of a poem written by Alcorn. It appears the form varies from the metric pattern of most sonnets and has a unique rhyme scheme.

The elements of the Jeffrey's Sonnet are:

  1. a quatorzain, made up of 2 sestets followed by a couplet.
  2. syllabic, 8 syllables per line.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme aabccb ddeffe ge . There is internal cross rhyme within syllables 2 thru 4 of L7, L13 & L14.
  4. composed with no suggested criteria for a pivot although it appears to occur between the sestets, leaving the end couplet as a summary.

    x x x x x x x a
    x x x x x x x a
    x x x x x x x b
    x x x x x x x c
    x x x x x x x c
    x x x x x x x b

    x x x b x x x d
    x x x x x x x d
    x x x x x x x e
    x x x x x x x f
    x x x x x x x f
    x x x x x x x e

    x x e x x x x g
    x x x g x x x e

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In the Night, Darkness

Another late night writing binge,
seeking words to ignite and singe
the edge of thought. Scarring a new
image within the reader's mind
and leading him as if he's blind
to a savage and ravaged view.

A lady stained in blue is pale
and cool upon this page in brail.
Can you see her behind your eyes?
Can you feel the stripes of flogging?
Can you hear her silent sobbing?
Can you taste the salt of her cries? 

When she dies this little song ends
and blends poet and reader's sighs.
                          ~~Judi Van Gorder
 


 

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