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Hybrid Sonnet or Donne's Sonnet

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The Hybrid Sonnet (found and titled by Lawrence Eberhart, Poet's Collective) really has no recognition or name but the form was used as far back as the early 1600s.  John Donne and Sir Philip Sidney were among the first to merge the Italian and English sonnet forms. The elements of hybrid sonnet are:

  1. a quatorzain made up of either 3 quatrains followed by a couplet or made up of 2 quatrains followed by a sestet.
  2. metered, preferably iambic pentameter.
  3. rhymed, Rhyme Scheme abba abba cdcd ee or abab cdcd efgefg or abab cdcd efefef or abba cddc effe gg.
  4. pivot at poet's discretion.

    Holy Sonnet # 1 by John Donne

    Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?
    Repair me now, for now mine end doth haste;
    I run to death, and Death meets me as fast,
    And all my pleasures are like yesterday.
    I dare not move my dim eyes any way;
    Despair behind, and Death before doth cast
    Such terror, and my feeble flesh doth waste
    By sin in it, which it towards hell doth weigh.
    Only Thou art above, and when towards Thee
    By Thy leave I can look, I rise again;
    But our old subtle foe so tempteth me,
    That not one hour myself I can sustain.
    Thy grace may wing me to prevent his art
    And thou like adamant draw mine iron heart.

    The Holy Sonnets, also known as the Divine Meditations or Divine Sonnets, are a series of nineteen poems. Twelve of them were published in the 1633 collection, Songs and Sonnets; others were published in later collections.— Excerpted from Holy Sonnets on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
     


 

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