#NaPoWriMo #April #2023
Here’s our prompt for the day (as always, optional). We’re calling today Sonnet Sunday, as we’re challenging you to write in what is probably the most robust poetic form in English. A traditional sonnet is 14 lines long, with each line having ten syllables that are in iambic pentameter (where an unstressed syllable is followed by a stressed syllable). While love is a very common theme in sonnets, they’re also known for having a kind of argumentative logic, in which a problem is posed in the first eight lines or so, discussed or argued about in the next four, and then resolved in the last two lines. A very traditional sonnet will rhyme, though there are a variety of different rhyme schemes.
Today, sonnets are probably most commonly associated with Shakespeare (who wrote more than 150, and felt very little compunction about messing around with the form, at least to the extent of regularly saying “who cares” to strict iambs). But poets’ attention to the form hasn’t waned in the 400 years or so since the Bard walked the fields around Stratford-upon-Avon and tramped the stage-boards of Merrie Old England. Take a look at this little selection of contemporary sonnets by Dennis Johnson, Alice Notley, Robert Hass, and Jill Alexander Essbaum. You’ll notice that while all of these poems play in some way on the theme of love, they are tonally extremely different – as is the kind or quality of love that they discuss. Some rhyme, some don’t. They mostly stick to around 14 lines but They’re also not at all shy about incorporating contemporary references (the Rolling Stones, telephones, etc).
Today, we’d like to challenge you to write your own sonnet. Incorporate tradition as much or as little as you like – while keeping in general to the theme of “love.”
❤️I have been busy today but I have been trying to complete this all day and now into the night time as well. I do like writing sonnets but I am so out of practice!❤️
Love, Divine and Human - A Sonnet
It holds onto you through long, lonely nights.
Always has your back, there with protection.
Recognised by energy and bright lights.
Reaches out time and again for connection.
We need to be connected to others.
It is unhealthy to be reclusive.
We need to be like sisters and brothers.
To be lovers and to be exclusive.
Love comes with passion or sometimes friendship.
It comes when least expected, without show.
It raises us up in each relationship.
It helps us to learn lessons and to grow.
Divine love saves us from being alone.
Human love is our very cornerstone.
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