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Shadow Sonnet

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The Sonnet
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The Shadow Sonnet is a fairly recent invented form found at All Poetry.com and Shadow Poetry and was created by Amera M. Anderson. This sonnet uses homophonic word repetition at the start and finish of each line to create a shadow effect.

The elements of the Shadow Sonnet are:

  1. metric, primarily iambic pentameter. It has also been described as decasyllabic which is the same length as iambic pentameter but gives a little wiggle room in placing the stressed and unstressed syllables.
  2. a quatorzain that may use the frame of any sonnet such as the Petrarchan, Shakespearean or Bowlesian. Example: if the Shakespearean Sonnet frame is used the quatorzain is made up of 3 alternating rhyme quatrains and ends in a rhymed couplet, rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg with a volta arriving late sometime after L9.
  3. composed with each line beginning and ending with the same word.
  4. composed with a pivot or volta.This schematic showing repetition of words syllable count and rhyme scheme is framed as a Shakespearean Sonnet.
    a1xxxxxxxxa1
    b1xxxxxxxxb1
    a2xxxxxxxxa2
    b2xxxxxxxxb2

    c1xxxxxxxxc1
    d1xxxxxxxxd1
    c2xxxxxxxxc2
    d2xxxxxxxxd2

    e1xxxxxxxxe1
    f1xxxxxxxxf1
    e2xxxxxxxxe2
    f2xxxxxxxxf2
    g1xxxxxxxxg1
    g2xxxxxxxxg2

    Spirit to Spirit by Amera M. Andersen (1st stanza)

    So many things have turned my spirit so.
    Yet I do resist and yield to it yet.
    Know that I give my strength for you to know.
    Forget you? Nay, I shall never forget.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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