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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:

  1. a quatorzain made up of a octave and a sestet.
  2. metered, iambic pentameter.
  3. rhymed, a-b-c-a-b-c-c-b d-b-a-d-d-a.
  4. composed with a pivot developed after the octave.

    Marking the Day by David Parsley answer to Job's lament, for protests from a lady I love

    To well wish or utter the b-word aloud would defy
    a constraint cardinal, sincere. 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
    to contain my arrows, summon the me that is true
    guided through motions barer than memory
    where soul reclaims soul as wave across sandbar lingers
    after journey through dusk, singing path of the moon, her
    favored stars, mansions of illimitable sky.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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