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  1. A. Baez


    [CA] I saw the fault lines in our common ground, But wavered—loath to estimate the force And timing of the tremors they foretold; Why test this fragile paradise we’d found, Perhaps provoking nature’s wildest course— Or dig for rifts when random knolls gleam gold? I never yet have walked a tract of earth Without a flaw: some harbor muck below That muddles building; some hide barren soil Plowed far too long to nurture crops of worth; And some lie cold, inhumed beneath the snow. Small faults should make no solid heart recoil, But you would probe our playg
  2. Frank Coffman

    Terror at Twilight (a Seadhna Sonnet)

    Terror at Twilight a Séadna* (pronounced: shay-na) Sonnet by Frank Coffman Doom! the blood-red sun is dying. Clings it close on western rim. Curséd Night is quickly nighing, Thick clouds weep; day graying grim. Grim the shape that in the shadows Grows at ancient forest’s edge— A Creature dread from Hell’s hollows Made by spell of Yellow Mage Magic dark has dragged it hither. Earth is not it’s normal home. And, now here, we know not whither It will wend, nor rather r
  3. Frank Coffman


    Moonshadows How quickly do the hours add up to days, The days to weeks, the weeks to months and years! Soon old Time in the old time-honored ways Has made mere memories of joys and tears. There was a time, my love, when each fleet minute Was greeted as a new log for Life's fire; And each new day with all Love's promise in it Dawned on the journey toward our hearts' desire. And I remember evenings around sunset, We two would walk until the summer stars Were spinning overhead, before the onset Of troubles and the wounds that left our sc
  4. Frank Coffman

    The Race

    The Race (after Andrew Marvell) by Frank Coffman This final, fitful flurry falling down Will melt soon, and the April grass will green. And yet how quickly green will parch and brown— And summer fade to fall as all have seen. Lessons from Nature? There may be a couple: One in the wondrous cycle of rebirth; One in that Time, relentlessly, on supple Limbs, races against us for all we're worth. That some things last is clear each day at dawning. That most things don't is seen in every death. Let Time not pass u
  5. Frank Coffman

    These Leaves Falling

    These Leaves Falling by Frank Coffman These leaves falling on October lawn, Fossils numberless of the tall trees wings, Land dead-muddle in the mushroom rings. Tree fingers lose their feel; the sap is drawn Down from the tube tips. The summer brawn Is gone or going now. Fall's seasonings Effect more than the trees. Its colorings Pervade both flora and the close man-fawn Who watches now as dawn is faintly red. Here he will come to watch when fall has fled; Here to this spot when the winds grow blow
  6. Tinker

    Hybrid Sonnet or Donne's Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart 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: a quatorzain made up of either 3 quatrains followed by a couplet or made up of 2 quatrains followed by a sestet. metered, preferably iambic pentameter. rhymed, Rhyme Scheme abba abba cdcd ee or abab cdcd ef
  7. Tinker

    Reyes' Sonnets of the Hand

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart On various poetry sites throughout the internet I run into the name Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines. He is credited with the creation of a multitude of sonnet forms. I have found essays written by him but no central blog or website produced by him. Larry Eberhart at Poet's Collective calls him a renown sonneteer and Reyes apparently has a twitter account where he declares himself a Sonnet G Master. The name Jose Rizal M. Reyes suggests that he is either a descendant or at least named in honor of Jose Rizal y
  8. Tinker

    The Path #27 Poem a Day

    The Path Discordant storms erupt. The path goes dark while whipping wind and smashing rain complain and push the day to night, the blackness stark. The force of creation collects its cost and all the universe joins the cyclical flow while plunged in gloom where rants an unseen show. The earth is purged, the putrid air is washed. From recalled shadows cast above and below disjointed thoughts intrude and wander lost. Perception stumbles, blinded, spun and tossed and latent dreams turn labored, gray and low. In darkness chaos tricks the shaded brain that stra
  9. David W. Parsley

    Marking the Day (rev)

    Marking the Day answer to Job’s lament, for protests from a lady I love Job’s lament, for protests from a lady I love . To well wish or utter the b-word aloud would defy a cardinal, sincere constraint. Leaving no room for alternate interpretation, you gain my promise. I will not cheat. It is the day I propose to celebrate, not you. The one in which somebody wearing white emerged to explain a girl is born and it was you making such din, swimming your way to inquire beyond the womb. Without it there would be absence, no lips or quiver t
  10. Tinker

    Keatsean Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart English Verse The Keatsean Sonnet is a sonnet form patterned after John Keats' poem On the Sonnet. It is interesting that in researching I found Keats wrote several sonnets, mostly in the Petrarchan or Shakespearean form. But this one sonnet, the frame of which he himself did not duplicate, sparked imitation and a sonnet form named for him. Primarily written in tercets with its own unique rhyme scheme and irregular meter, Keats demonstrates that a stanza is not set apart by rhyme scheme nor metric pattern but by a thou
  11. David W. Parsley

    Prelude: The Attunement

    PRELUDE: THE ATTUNEMENT May: I am looking for your voice. The night is gravely wounded by your absence. Each mountain yields to what cannot be learned of the darkness: a fading more powerful than persuasions of the bright unrememberable; clouds like gauze or ermine drawn across the distance of vision receding to impermanence. The air assumes without pain its duties. Burden of separation is lifting with mist from the dew. Each naked embrace of your arm I commit to the memory of hills, fog afloat dawn on their sleeping shoulders. Trees lick
  12. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Poetic Movements from 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries Renaissance Poetry begins with the poetry of Petrarch (1304-1374) and extends for 200 years. "This period exploited the formal devices of lyric form." NEOPP It was marked by linguistic purity. Petrarch, Spenser, Milton and a host of others over most of Europe are the poets of this age. On May Morning by John Milton Now the bright morning Star, Day's harbinger, Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her The Flowery May, who from her green lap throws The yellow Cowslip,
  13. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart Invented Forms Poet's Collective, is where Lawrence Eberhart has gathered forms he has found interesting. He usually simply finds a form, copies and pastes the information giving the source credit, analyses the frame, maybe adds a comment and then writes some of the best example poems I've encountered. Many of the invented forms unique to the site were originally found at All Poetry, A poetry community where there are some poetry courses and many blog like forums that include poetry of the members as well as informatio
  14. Tinker

    Mason Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart American Verse The Mason Sonnet is an invented sonnet form created by American poet Madeline Mason in 1953. It is the rhyme scheme that sets this sonnet apart from others. This was found in the Study and Writing of Poetry; American Women Poets Discuss, 1983 and has been used in workshops throughout the US. The elements of the Mason Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of a octave and a sestet. metered, iambic pentameter. rhymed, a-b-c-a-b-c-c-b d-b-a-d-d-a. composed with a pivot developed after
  15. Tinker

    Glorionic Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart American Verse The Glorionic Sonnet is an invented sonnet form inspired by the writing of John Milton. This is a contest form which has been used by many workshops. Introduced by Gloria Martin in 1976 and found in The Study and Writing of Poetry; American Women Poets Discuss Their Craft, 1983. The elements of the Glorionic Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of an octave and a sestet. metric, iambic pentameter. rhymed, aabbbccc ddedee. composed with the pivot in the declamatory end couplet.
  16. Tinker


    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Spanish Verse The Saraband is a stanzaic form; the rhythm of which is an imitation of a dance pattern from the East that was brought to the Spanish court in the 16th century. The form quickly spread to the French and Italian courts, each country adding its stamp in the rhyme scheme. In long poems it is not uncommon to mix Spanish, Italian and/or French septets. This was found at Poet's Garret. There is also a sonnet variation of the Saraband. The elements of the Saraband are: stanzaic, written in any number of septets, each made up of a tercet f
  17. Tinker

    Stretched Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart A Stretched Sonnet is any poem that has the sound and feel of a sonnet but stretches the boundaries of frame and meter. With this definition, you might say all sonnet variations created after the Sicilian Sonnet might loosely be called Stretched Sonnets, but commonly the term Stretched Sonnet refers to poems that are slightly out of sync with the formal guidelines of the sonnet's 14 lines and iambic pentameter yet still have the sound of a lyrical meditation. In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz by Wil
  18. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Spanish Verse The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart The Spanish Soneta or Spanish Sonnet, Spain's variation of the little song is written in hendecasyllabic lines. It was influenced by its Italian neighbors and uses Italian and Sicilian rhyme schemes. The Soneta is often used for monologues or exchanging vows of love. El Marqués de Santillana ( 1398-1458), was the first to write sonnets in the Spanish language. His unpublished works were in the Petrarchan form. By the 16th century, two Spanish "gentleman writers", Juan Boscán and Garcilaso de la Vega,
  19. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Southeast Asian Verse Viet Nam is the easternmost country of Southeast Asia bordered by China, Laos, Cambodia, and the South China Sea. Its literary history goes back to the 10th century in folk verse (Ca dau). Many of the forms are named simply for the syllable count, word count or line count. Because of the musical and complicated rhythm and rhyme of Viet poetry, it is rich in "wordplay". Onomatopoeia is common and direct imagery (phu), metaphoric imagery (ti), and the emotion or tone (hung) are balanced. The luc-bat (six-eight) is the most p
  20. Tinker

    Redondilla Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart American Verse The Redondilla, Sonondilla, Napoleonic and the Sardine Sonnet are all the same invented sonnet form attributed to the American poet The Dread Poet Robert found at Poetry Base and a few other sites around the internet. It is named for the Redondilla because of the use of the Redondilla quatrain and I suppose it is called the Sardine because the rhyme scheme gives a packed feeling. The other names, I haven't a clue where they came from. The defining feature of this sonnet is the rhyme pattern and shortene
  21. Tinker

    Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart Welsh Verse Features of the Welsh Meters Welsh Codified Divisions Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet probably didn't develop until long after the ancient Welsh Meters were codified. The first "sonnet" in Sicily did appear on the literary scene about the same time the Welsh Black Book of Carmarthen was written. However, the sonnet hadn't gained popularity and possibly even identity until a couple of centuries later with Francesco Petrarch's Love Sonnets to Laura. It is entirely possible, as Poet's Garret suggests, that a 7 couplet poe
  22. Tinker

    Miltonic Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart English Verse Miltonic Sonnet converts the traditional Petrarchan sonnet form by the use of enjambment. This 17th century form was created by English poet, John Milton. Milton also took the sonnet out of the category of "love poems" and brought it into the world of politics and social issues. The elements of the Miltonic Sonnet are: a quatorzain, enjambment is used to tighten the sonnet, leaving the 14 lines unbroken by stanzas. metered, iambic pentameter rhymed, uses the Petrarchan rhyme scheme
  23. Tinker

    Illini Sonnet / LuVailean Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart American Verse Invented Sonnet Forms Two invented sonnet forms were found in Pathways for a Poet by Viola Berg 1977. This book was written for teachers with contributions by teachers. The various forms were offered as learning exercises. The Illini Sonnet uses iambic tetrameter as well as pentameter to complete the quatorzain. Inventd by Nel Modglin who probably is connected to the University of Illinois in some way since "Illini" is the nickname connected to the school. The elements of the Illini Sonnet are:
  24. Tinker

    Unrhymed Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart English Verse The Unrhymed Sonnet appears as far back as 1664 when John Milton included 3 consecutive sonnets without rhyme in Book III of Paradise Lost, although W H Auden is often cited with having created the verse form in 1928 a few centuries later. The Unrhymed Sonnet is not to be confused with the Blank Verse Sonnet which is also unrhymed but written in iambic pentameter where the "Unrhymed Sonnet" is not written in an iambic pattern. The elements of the Unrhymed Sonnet are: a quatorzain, broken or unbro
  25. Tinker

    Kyrielle Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart French Verse Kyrielle Sonnet is a sonnet variation of the French stanzaic form Kyrielle. According to Poet's Garret , this verse form has been around since the Middle Ages, 15th century. Like most French verse especially the Lai family of forms, it is syllabic and has a refrain. Unlike the narrative Kyrielle, as a sonnet the piece should be a lyrical meditation. The elements of the Kyrielle Sonnet are: a 14 line poem made up of 3 quatrains and a couplet in that order. syllabic, 8 syllables per line.
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