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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart English Verse The Terza Rima or Diaspora Sonnet, appeared in England in the 19th century. It makes use of the interweaving pattern and forward movement of the Italian Terza Rima. This variation of the sonnet is written in tercets with an interlocking rhyme scheme and concludes with a refrain or invocation in the form of a heroic couplet. The Greek word "diaspora" means "scattered abroad". The Bible used the word to refer to the Jews who lived outside of Palestine after the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem in 587 B.C.
Diaspora From one who never thought to leave my home, the plight of refugees who flee their own is hard to comprehend, their need to roam. To leave their loved ones for a land unknown where others speak a different language and the competition favors those home grown, With violence and poverty at hand to stay and fight the tyranny for some has come to mind. I try to understand. Their hope and desperation strike me dumb. To risk their children's lives to journey forth, says all I need to know, doubts overcome. We must shelter neighbors fleeing north, a qua