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    Haiku, with three lines, can be tricky but how would we cope with the strict rules of the fourteen line sonnet in Italian or Elizabethan style. Any takers???? There must be afficianados of this style of poetry which is my favorite poetic form. Let's see them!!!
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    This sonnet in the Shakespearian style is dedicated to my friends and protagonists, Gleeber and Golach.


    On Hidden Knowledge.


    In each man's life a time must surely come
    When understanding shines like dawns clear light,
    When answers come unbidden and the sum
    Of mankind's hidden knowledge shines so bright.

    To know the long lost secrets of the soul,
    To find the key which unlocks nature's store,
    To earn this wisdom should be each man's goal,
    And he who seeks will never ask for more.

    Behind the mind where untold riches lie
    Is where to seek if wisdom is desired.
    There is no price, one only needs to try,
    Remaining clear with raw ambition fired.

    And then the doors will surely open wide,
    But always will be closed if sought with pride.
    In the image of God? You must be joking!

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    I did enjoy that.... Thank you.

    '' A time must surely come '' ?? I wonder, I hope !

    I think the secret to it all is Patience. Not easy but worth a try.

    I will copy this off for my Book if I may please, and re-read it many times.

    Trinkie

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    Liked that Gleber2!

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    Super sonnet, Gleber2!
    I am living for today, always remembering yesterday, and looking forward to tomorrow!

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    Are there no other writers of sonnets out there?? Please post if there are.
    If there are sonnet hopefuls who know not the rules, tell me and I shall explain.
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    Yes, Please explain - it looks too difficult.

    Are there many rules? I cant stand rules, but I'm willing to have a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gleber2 View Post
    Are there no other writers of sonnets out there?? Please post if there are.
    If there are sonnet hopefuls who know not the rules, tell me and I shall explain.
    Oh please explain. Let's give it a go. As my mother often says, "you can't learn any younger." It has been 40 years since I even considered writing a sonnet. I am sure that life experience has given me all kinds of subjects that I can now be passionate about.


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    I might have a go too, G2. Why don't you post the rules here for everyone to see, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sporran View Post
    I might have a go too, G2. Why don't you post the rules here for everyone to see, eh?
    There are several different type of sonnet, the Italian or Petrarchan, Elizabethan or Shakespearian and the Spencerian. In common is the number of lines ie 14. I will explain firstly the Elizabethan which is probably the simplest.
    Fourteen lines arranged in three verses of four and the couplet at the end. The rhyme scheme is AB AB CD CD EF EF GG. The couplet is supposed to be the sting in the tail that can reverse the whole meaning of the poem.
    Each line is Iambic Pentameter which means that it should scan di daa di daa di daa di daa di daa. Five feet.

    I will cover the other forms when this one produces results.

    The poem I posted at the beginning of the thread follows these rules. (I hope).

    Bon Chance!!!!!!!
    Last edited by Gleber2; 20-Sep-06 at 12:56.
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    OK, here we go........if I've got it all wrong then please correct me....


    On What the Future May Bring.


    When that bright day had dawned upon the Earth,
    And green the grass had grown in all the fields,
    I stepped out in the dew and seen the birth,
    for more than day that morn had been revealed.

    The birth of day was not the only thing,
    I seen that shook me to my very bones,
    In this fair country that once had sea kings,
    I realized I had now been left alone.

    Gone were all the buzzing things and winged
    Gone were the cows and sheep of days gone by,
    All the insects and sweet bees had springed
    Into the great big meadow in the sky.

    Radiation cannot harm us they said,
    I canít tell them theyíre wrong when I am dead.
    You get what you give

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    Very commendable first effort Mr Saveman. 'Springed' was almost unforgivable and some of the feet debatable but all in all IMHO a darn good first. BTWE seen should be saw, n'est ce pas?
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    Saveman, I'm very impressed with your first sonnet - well done!!

    Write some more, s'il vous plait....
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    Awoken by a foreign sound
    In a room that was strange to my waking eyes
    As I stared, wondering what was all around
    I remembered where, it was no surprise

    Under the shower to freshen my day
    Washing away the dreams of the night
    Remembering what was to come, what would I say?
    Iíll think of something, Iíll get it right

    Out in the sun, burning my skin
    Sweat from the work as I toil in the heat
    Why did I leave it so late to begin?
    Should I give up, beat a hasty retreat?

    Stay and finish what you started my friend
    Itíll soon be over; itíll soon be the end.
    'Cause if my eyes don't deceive me,
    There's something going wrong around here

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    Default Merry Maidens

    The Merry Maidens danced but dance no more.
    The pipe has blown it's last.
    Eight lichen covered stones above the shore
    Swept by a salty blast.

    But still they stand and seem to stare
    And speak of things long past.
    Can you hear the ancient music in the air?
    Can you see them whirling fast?

    Now bend your mind and with the dancers go,
    Linking arms around the waist.
    Feel the beat through your body flow,
    To the dance make haste,make haste.

    Turned to stone The Christians say
    Those who dared to dance upon the Sabbath day.

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    On Sonnets.

    The sonnet is a form with such strict laws,
    That poets can sometimes become insane.
    The finding of a rhyme, like clutching straws,
    Can tend to overcome the fumbling brain.

    From Petrarch, Shakespear, Milton, Spencer too,
    Came the rules to which mere mortals cleave,
    And, as mere mortals search for something new,
    The magic of the words begin to weave.

    As music soothes the soul of he who hears,
    The sonnet soothes the mind of he who reads,
    The rhythm of the lines so sparkling clear,
    Can help each man to see where poets lead.

    Or is this form, to you, a waste of time,
    And never to be seen as joy sublime.

    The number of feet per line is crucial and must be five ie Iambic pentameter.
    Un-accented, accented five time. This is one of the most basic rules of sonnet writing and all of the contributions, although lovely poems in their own right, are not exactly sonnets.

    I know, I'm a heartless pedant!!!!!!
    Last edited by Gleber2; 19-Sep-06 at 23:10.
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    what rules, wheres the sticky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roblovesplastic View Post
    what rules, wheres the sticky?
    See post number 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gleber2 View Post
    See post number 10.

    just tell me or shut it

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    Quote Originally Posted by roblovesplastic View Post
    just tell me or shut it
    See post number 10 in this thread and you shut it. What do you call a drummer without a brain?
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