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Beymorilin Sonnet


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Beymorlin Sonnet is called "a Shakespearean sonnet of Italian form" probably meaning it is a cross between a Shakespearean and Italian sonnet. The distinguishing feature of this sonnet is that there seems to be a double rhyme pattern occurring simultaneously. This verse form was introduced into US national recognition by Carl Morton, Alabama State Poet Laureate in the 80s. The Beymorlin sonnet appears to be the 1976 creation of the collective effort of American poets Richard Beyer, Carl Morton and Marjorie Lees Linn.

The elements of the Beymorlin Sonnet are:

  1. written in a quatorzain made up of 3 quatrains and a couplet.
  2. metered, primarily iambic pentameter.
  3. double rhymed, rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg with a separate internal rhyme in the same pattern as the end rhyme. The internal rhyme should occur within the first two syllables of each line.
  4. composed with the epiphany arriving slowly after the 2nd quatrain.

    The Challenge by Ikars J. Sarma AKA waxwings

    What sends us forth to poke, and peer, and pry
    into the secret depths of universe;
    no end to our attempts. We try and try
    to do the nigh impossible; perverse,

    persistent is our need to glean the Plan,
    the Power which, till now, the suns have worn.
    In distant galaxies we seek to scan
    the hour when matter, time and space were born.

    And now the ship: it knows no driving oar,
    no sail, no steam to take its gallant crew;
    shear power, sheathed in flames to make it soar
    or fail to outdo eagle's flight. They knew

    the sound of thousand furies. Then, the seven--
    unbound Prometheus...burst onto heaven.

    1986 NFSP BEYMORLIN SONNET AWARD - 2nd place


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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