And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a curtal sonnet. This is a variation on the classic 14-line sonnet. The curtal sonnet form was developed by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and he used it for what is probably his most famous poem, “Pied Beauty.” A curtal sonnet has eleven lines, instead of the usual fourteen, and the last line is shorter than the ten that precede it. Here are two other examples of Hopkins’ curtal sonnets: “Ash Boughs,” and “Peace.” Happy Writing – Maureen Thorson
Well, the poetry form a curtal sonnet is chosen for me, so all that’s left is a subject to write about. 🙂❤🌷 I am going with the moon, a nature theme.
Personified as Lady Luna, she glides through the night.
Beautiful in all her forms, it is when she is full,
Her magnificence is at its best, her silvered glow,
Shines like a beacon in the dark sky, luminous with light.
Even when she is waxing or waning, she is never dull.
She circles our mother earth in a continuum flow.
Now man has landed upon her barren, rocky surface.
Are her mysteries no more? Is this a terrible blow?
She threw up more questions than answers she still has her pull,
On tides and womens' cycles, in our hearts she still has her place.
Hail Lady Luna - all aglow!