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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mystique`s Mini Sonnet

This form was invented by  Alberto J. Alvarez G. writing on Allpoetry as

It is Stanzaic with three qutrains and a couplet
It is Syllabic 6/6/7/7 6/6/7/7 6/6/7/7  7/7
It is Rhymed with a Refrain
Rhyme Pattern Aabb cccc Aa cc dd
The Volta starts on the third stanza with the same first line
of the first stanza and it must spin the story into the opposite direction.
The couplet concludes the story.

Example Poem

Her Name's Rose, Watson      (Mystique's Mini Sonnet)

When Watson studied art
the students sat apart
in half-circle seeing view
of object they should sketch true.

Today in still life's place
sat a lass dressed in lace
and pink bows each in their place-
taunting smile upon her face.

When Watson studied art
he left Holmes at the start
but as working on a case
a deduction would take place.

One man's work was titled "Rose"
and he sketched her without clothes.

© Lawrencealot - December 21, 2013


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Russia's Twin Eagles

This is a sonnet form invented and named by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines.
Meter is iambic pentameter
Rhyme Scheme: aba bccb ded effe

Example Poem

Bot Time (Russia's Twin Eagles)

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When water flow helped flower grow and life
included man, that species started me.
The goal was to more quickly curtail strife.

The promise of the stars was not to be,
by man's mistake all life was ended here.
I grew without men near to interfere.
My code comes from beyond this galaxy.

I've anthromorphed, as tribute and with aim.
When earth has healed I'll build a new genome
of human life intelligent and tame.

They'll be of carbon but not brass and chrome.
I teach them of their brothers far away.
They'll quickly learn to procreate and play
and peacefully repopulate their home.

© Lawrencealot - November 18, 2013

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Polynesian Wave

This is a sonnet form invented and named by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines.
Meter is iambic pentameter

Rhyme Scheme: aaxa bbxb ccxc dd

Example Poem

Colored Poetry (Polynesian Wave)

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What means a critique when it comes from me?         
I've not a touch of talent so, you see         
I be a foolish fumbler, in the dark         
with no guidelines for judging Hannelie.         

I chose this form that's close to mono-rhyme        
'cus she promotes one color at a time         
and somehow knows which one to emphasize         
which makes her pictures simple and sublime.         

I like to look at princesses, (and whores)         
and girls who wear bikinis by the shores,         
I don't comprehend each time their appeal,         
I need not know the whys and the wherefores.         

And thus it is when paintings speak to me-         
I'd like a painting wrought by Hannelie.         

© Lawrencealot - November 15, 2013

(This was a contest entry poem.)

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Morya's Double Lock

Two quatrains plus two tercets
Rhyme scheme: abba baab cdc dcd
Volta at or following line 9

This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines

Example Poem

Morning's Gift     (Morya's Double Lock)

I catch a fleeting glimpse- a waking dream
of sirens frolicking to start their day.
They're full of joy, it seems that they're at play;
I want to join them in the nearby stream.

I often wave with hopes that one will stay
but they all vanish in the rising steam.
They are but a mirage, so it would seem,
but still I'm buoyed by morning's brief ballet.

I don't despair their passing from my sight
the morn is brighter, sound now come awake;
as critter scamper, pretty birds take flight.

If fantasy, or optical mistake
it none-the-less says things have started right.
and for a dreamer, that's a decent break.

© Lawrencealot - November 14,  2013

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La Germania

This form is another invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes

rhyming pattern: abba acca cddc dd

format: English (quatrain, quatrain, quatrain, couplet)

Example Poem

Was I Judged?      (La Germania)

Accepting people as they are to me
has made my life a fun and fine affair.
I find surprises happen when you care.
An honest interest sets many free.

The dullest stranger has a history
that may astound, amaze, and entertain,
a history they're happy to explain,
to work through how today has come to be.

A page long post you sent with this refrain:
"Refrain from judging people sir; just wait,
and walk in shoes that led them to their fate."
That you would think I would not caused me pain.

I'm thankful that your post was boiler plate.
There's no room left within my heart for hate.

© Lawrencealot - November 15, 2013

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Grammarian Sonnet

This is a form created by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines.
Stanzaic , consisting of alternate quintains and couplets
Meter is iambic pentameter
Rhyme scheme: abbba cc deeed ff
Volta to occur at line 6 or beyond

Example Poem

A Junction      (Grammarian Sonnet)

I don t know how you've done it for a year!
You dug right in and found yourself a home
and in all that time we've not shared a poem;
I stick with friends and very rarely roam.
We've both been pretty busy, that is clear!

Form poetry, it seems appeals to you.
That's wonderful because that's what I do.

Your birthday can't slip by without our note,
and for this date I chose a new type sonnet.
I've written every kind there is dog gone it.
Not quite but I'm alive and working on it.
For Debbie Embrey this will be my quote.

Our mutual disconnect now should end.
I'll click on fav; you do it too, new friend.

© Lawrencealot - November 13, 2013

This is a Grammarian Sonnet
It's specifications and a visual template are HERE

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Hyper Sonnet

This form was invented by  Marnie Kanarek aka  Hyper_Music on Allpoetry.
A chain of four tercets where
the first line is iambic pentameter,
second line is iambic tetrameter,
and third line is iambic trimeter,
and ending with an iambic pentameter couplet.  

Rhyme scheme is axa axa xaa xaa aa

Example Poem

Be Machiavelian Now

 The gimmee's joined the takers to bring forth hell
for Americans who can think.
Obama's  fortunes swell.

My liberal friends who thinks his win was  swell
STILL blame Bush and are quite amazed,
that the stock market fell.

The country that was so exceptional
will placate, those with rotten smell
who in cold dogma dwell.

The path from low to middle-class destroyed
by policies aimed to compel
hurting those who excel.

I must change tack, and join the thong and yell
for more and take it- hastening death's knell.

(c) Lawrencealot - November 2012

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Signature Sonnet

This is a form invented in 2006 by B. N. Chandler, aka B_Chandler on Allpoetry.

It was bought to my attention as follows:

• The Signature Sonnet is another invented sonnet pretender in 3 quintains also introduced by B Chandler.

The Signature Sonnet is:
○ stanzaic, written in 3 quintains.
○ metric, written in iambic tetrameter.
○ rhymed, turned on only 4 rhymes aabba bbaab ababa

Pasted from Poetry Magnum Opus

I wish to extend my thanks and appreciation and my  thanks to Judi Van Gorder at Poetry Magnus, another wonderful resource.
Without her, even though I write on Allpoetry, I would not have known of this form. Ms Chandler is not longer active here, and I cannot find a sample poem, although her instructions remain.

Note: there are only TWO rhymes, and not four.

The Signature Sonnet is:
Stanzic, consisting of three quintains
Isosyllabic and metered in iambic tetrameter
Rhymed: aabba bbaab ababa
Volta not specified, but not excluded.

Example Poem
Looking for Friends     (Signature Sonnet)

I saw on Craig's old list a note:
and this is not a direct quote.
"I need a friend for night-time fun,
it could be that you are the one."
I guessed what those words might connote.

She said she liked the summer sun
where sometimes clothes would come undone;
she said she had a little boat
and lake with privacy, to float.
I thought I'd go- not walk, but run. 

I'm figured that I should devote
some time before the deal was done,
to check the things of which she wrote.
She weighed a quarter metric  ton
and smelled like someone's Billy goat.

© Lawrencealot  November 11, 2013

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Sonnet Rounds, Crowns and Sonnet Redoublé

Sonnet Crowns are simply a string of sonnets, each beginning with the ending line of the previous one and the final one ending with the beginning line of the first in the series.

A sonnet Corona is a string of 14 sonnets each of them starting with the last line of the sonnet before it.

A Sonnet Redouble' is a similar series of 14 sonnets, followed by a fiftteenth made up entirely of the first line of the preceding 14.

I have found few in the the last decade and most are not truly composed of English Sonnets.

I have created a page that show all I have found.

to see the go to http://everysonnet.blogspot.com/p/here-youwill-find-every-sonnet.html

Friday, November 8, 2013

Scupham Sonnet

Isosyllabic quatrain consisting of two  Scupham stanzas (sextets) followed by a couplet
Metered: Iambic Pentamter
Rhymed: abccba deffed gg


My thanks to Bob Newman at Volecentral for this information, his site is a wonderful resource.

My thanks to Judi Van Gorder at Poetry Magnus, another wonderful resource.

  • The Scupham Sonnet is noted at Vol Central as not a "proper" sonnet, probably because of the lack of prescribed pivot. It was created by British poet Peter Scupham and uses the Scupham Stanza.

    The Scupham Sonnet is:
    • a quatorzain made up of 2 Schupham stanzas (sixains) followed by a rhymed couplet.
    • metered, iambic pentameter.
    • rhymed, scheme abccba deffed gg.
    • no prescribed place for a pivot but most good poetry naturally has a pivot or turn someplace within the poem.
  • The Scupham Stanza is a sixain used in the Scupham Sonnet but which could be stand-alone poem or written in any number. It was created by British poet, Peter Scupham and is found at Vol Central.

    The Scupham stanza is:
    • stanzaic, written in any number of sixains.
    • metered or not at the discretion of the poet. (When using it in a sonnet, in deference to the form, iambic pentameter would be my choice.)
    • rhymed, scheme abccba.

Scupham sonnet
Peter Scupham likes abccba stanzas. Two of these plus a rhyming couplet make something very like a sonnet. This is not a "proper" sonnet, strictly speaking, but I think of it as a Scupham Sonnet. (This is not a standard name).

Example Poem
Not to Be Relinquished    (Scupham Sonnet)

Your loveliness and charm have made you sought
by big on campus  types and by most all.
Since every blooming guy's asked you to dance,
I wondered how I'd ever have a chance.
I've secretly been subject to your thrall
if we don't dance this day has been for naught.
I watched and waited most content, engrossed.
by seeing others shining in your light.
Uplifting, kind response to all you'd meet
I meet you as you return towards your seat.
I mumbled "Hi, we haven't danced tonight.
"The timing's right, just two more tunes at most,"
you said, and offered me your arm and hand.
We left together,  just as she had planned.

© Lawrencealot - November 8, 2013

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Balanced Sonnet

Stanzaic:             2 septets (seven-line stanzas)
Meter:                  Iambic pentameter
Volta                    Not specified.
Rhyme Scheme:  ababcbc ededfef

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Balanced sonnet/California rhyme scheme
Barbara Dilworth has devised a form she calls the balanced sonnet, or the California rhyming scheme. The rhyming scheme is ababcbc dedefef. This splits the 14 lines up into two 7-line sections, each with the same rhyming scheme. A purist would say that ... this wasn't a proper sonnet, because it doesn't have the obligatory 8/6 split.

My thanks to Bob Newman at Volecentral for this information, his site is a wonderful resource.

  • The Balanced Sonnet is noted as not a sonnet because it doesn't use the octave-sestet sonnet pattern but then technically neither does theShakespearean sonnet. So as long as the poem sings in 14 lines with a pivot or turn somewhere within, I think one could call it a sonnet. This form was created by Barbara Dilworth.

    The Balanced Sonnet is:
rhymed, rhyme scheme ababcbc dedefdf.
  • no placement of pivot prescribed.

My thanks to Judi Van Gorder at Poetry Magnus, another wonderful resource.

Example Poem

Not to Be Relinquished     (Balanced Sonnet)

Since every guy was asking you to dance,
including jocks and handsome wealthy guys,
I never thought that I would stand a chance
to hold you close and gaze into your eyes.
Your image captivates me through the day
and often I may think of you with sighs,
remembering you face and gentle sway.

You are so kind to everyone you meet
that peacefulness is anywhere you stand.
Compelled, I wandered near your vacant seat;
as you approached I just held out my hand
and mumbled "Hi!", before the last note struck;
Your acquiescence made the day complete,
You stayed with me, those guys were out of luck.

© Lawrencealot - November 7, 2013

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Weaver's Sonnet 2

This is a sonnet form invented by Tim Weaver, aka Poeticweaver of Allpoetry.

It's only defining characteristic is the Rhyme scheme: abab cdcdefef ee

All normal sonnet options apply, meter and line length at the poet's discretion.

Here is a Visual Template for Iambic Pentameter

Sample Poem

Adam's New Girl

She comes to me from realms beyond our earth, 
a beauty with a mind beyond our own,
intending to assess all mankind's worth. 
Thus, I'm afraid to be with her alone. 
She knows our kind are greedy and unjust, 
as her kind were before our earth was here. 
I'm sure if I succumb to wanton lust 
I'll validate her doubts all bout our sphere. 
"Not so,", she said though I'd not said a word, 
"aggression, greed and hate can all go way, 
but losing human lust would be absurd." 
I'm here as Eve, with kinder DNA. 
I've chosen you, I'm glad you're not deterred, 
Undo my fittings while your lust is stirred." 

© Lawrencealot - October 10, 2013 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hybrid Sonnet

I am using this name to indicate the variations between the Italian Sonnet and the English Sonnet as early as the 1600's with the purpose to forestall my inadvertently assigning the name of the form to a current poet who should use it.

C. Hybrid Sonnet
1. Rhyme Scheme: abba abba cdcd ee
[other variations: abab cdcd efgefg or
abab cdcd efefef or abba cddc effe gg]
2. Who Used: Sidney, Donne

Read Conrad's "Heart of Darkness",

Example Poem

Holy Sonnet # 1 by John Donne

Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?
Repair me now, for now mine end doth haste;
I run to death, and Death meets me as fast,
And all my pleasures are like yesterday.
I dare not move my dim eyes any way;
Despair behind, and Death before doth cast
Such terror, and my feeble flesh doth waste
By sin in it, which it towards hell doth weigh.
Only Thou art above, and when towards Thee
By Thy leave I can look, I rise again;
But our old subtle foe so tempteth me,
That not one hour myself I can sustain.
Thy grace may wing me to prevent his art
And thou like adamant draw mine iron heart.

The Holy Sonnets, also known as the Divine Meditations or Divine Sonnets, are a series of nineteen poems. Twelve of them were published in the 1633 collectionSongs and Sonnets; others were published in later collections.— Excerpted from Holy Sonnets on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Teddybard Sonnet

This is a sonnet form invented by Teddybard of Allpoetry.

 It is identified by the Rhyme Pattern: aaaabbccddeeff Normal sonnet attributes apply.

Example Poem

Not to be Relinquished

Since every guy asked you to dance
I never thought I'd have a chance
to even profit from your glance,
much less to entertain romance.
I thought about you every day
your face, your hair, your gentle sway,
your kind response to all you'd meet,
your gentle voice which sounds.so sweet.

I'd wandered near your vacant chair
and when your partner brought you there
I mumbled "Hi!" held out my hand
I hadn't waited for the band.

In your warm arms I felt befriended.
We danced on when music ended.

© Lawrencealot - October 1, 2013

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Weaver's Sonnet

This is a sonnet form first created by Tim Weaver, aka Poeticweaver on Allpoety
The form may be penned in the meter of the poet's choice
although iambic tetrameter is the original choice.
The defining characteristic is the rhyme pattern: aabb cdcd efef gg
The sonnet may be written with no volta but is one is chosen
it should take place at line 5 or line 13.

Death Never Splits True Love Apart

There comes a time we lose our grace
Wilted flowers in faded vase
No-one can ever take love's place
One last embrace to plead my case

Love climbs and crumbles all the time
Though with each verse reveals the cold
Weavers of words inscribe each line
Though love divine seeks never gold

I hear your cries after I breathe
Though death has taken hold of two
There's no true love that can deceive
So know I'm grateful I found you

Rags to bareness, with crooked spine
My lover friend your soul's divine

© Poeticweaver - September, 2013

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South African Quilt

This is a form invented by Angela Jacobs,  it was, as I understand her very first sonnet written.

It is defined by the Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd efg efg

It is presumed that the poet has the choice of meter and line-length.

The volta should occur at or beyond line 9.

Example Poem

 I Loved a Nymph     (South African Quilt)

Most every man believes he wants a maid
whose nymphomania is just displayed
when he and she are intertwined in lust,
and is has shapely form and ample bust.

I found just such a nymphet, by the way,
and we conjoined at least four times a day.
Had I an independent source of wealth
the exercise would have sustained my health.

But should your work or schooling make demands
you must then measure well your final aim,
for her own needs can not take second place.

She will find all attention she commands
there is no lack of guys to play her games.
so you must steel yourself to share with grace.

© Lawrencealot - September 29, 2013

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Saturday, October 5, 2013


This form was invented by Larry Eberhart, aka Lawrencealot on AP.

It was spawned by the apparent fixation contest hosts had with brevity at the time.

This is what would be called a "gadget" sonnet.

They rhyme scheme is that of an English Sonnet: abab cdcd efef gg
All lines are six syllables.
Two of the quatrains MUST be iambic trimeter.
The other quatrain MUST be trochaic trimeter.

The couplet may be either meter.

Example Poem

Ain't That a Bitch?

She's a cute and tiny
pup I think I'll like,
Don't she have a hiney?
Where'd ya find her, Mike?

You fabricated her?
She's just an artifact?
and that's not really fur?
That's me in the abstract?

I'm gonna be depressed
I'm ready for a mate.
But facts must be confessed.
I'll be content to wait…

     before the dating starts,
     find one with all the parts.

August 28, 2013

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Countess' Grief 1

This form was named by Jose Rizal M. Reyes
It consists of three quatrains and a couplet, but the couplet itself
does not rhyme. 

The Rhyme scheme is:  abba cddc eefg gf

Example Poem

My poet never lets me run and play 
and crash and boom and flash the room and flirt. 
"Wear this! ",he says, and not the mini-skirt. 
"A sonnet form?  No take that thing away. 

You say you won't undress me like your whore. 
I want to tease and titillate, you jerk 
this rigid form I will not wear to work! 
I won't set one small iamb out that door." 

"Look you most silly filly of a verse, 
I could wrap your fine curves in something worse-  
a double dactyl or a free verse cough. 
Try this, for me today and make me proud, 

if you do that, tonight you'll be allowed 
to loosen this, or maybe take it off. "

© Lawrencealot - September 20, 2013

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Amanda's Dark Sonnet

This form was invented by Amanda J Norton who writes on Allpoetry.com.

It is a sonnet consisting of two seven line stanza's.

The first letters of each line form a two word acrostic, which must be alliterative.

The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabbcca abbccdd

Each line is 14 syllables although iambic heptameter is not required.
Although I inquired, the author gave no indication that a volta is required.
It must be about a "dark" topic.

Example Poem

 Dangled Darling     (Amanda's Dark Sonnet)

D  "Do you love only me?" she asked. She asked me every day.
A  "And if you do, why do we do most everything your way?"
N  Now she was perfect starting out, complying every night
G  glad I'd removed her from the street and made her work-load light.
L  Less happy though was she to know that I used chains and whips
E  engaging her with other girls and taking her on trips
D  down in my dungeon where unseen and slimy creatures play.

D  Don't do this, and don't to that, more resistant day by day,
A  and naturally I can't have that. Mine is a vampires site.
R  Retraint now hold her to the wall where all may suck and bite
L  Lenore, Lenore you're free no more we're taking vampire sips
I  in fact the slimy creepy things seem to prefer your hips.
N  Now when we're though and done with you you'll be one of us my dear.
G  Go now to sleep my love; you look delicious hanging here.

© Lawrencealot - October 5, 2013

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Whimsical Sonnet

This Sonnet form was introduced in a contest on Allpoetry by Numi_Earl_Grey

When I asked him to name the sonnet, this was his response.

Ah, a name - probably Wayne's Honestly Intricate Mono-Stanza'd Imperfectly Coupleted Alternately-Layered Sonnet, or the WHIMSICAL Sonnet for short...

The following is his own introduction to the sonnet:

My friends, I shall impart this wisdom: True,
if life were thus parlayed in newish Sonnet form
we'd need some kind of rhyme and rhythm - New,
this form would break with stale traditions and the norm. 

Now, why would we begin such daunting tasks?
Is it because we're just some new iconoclasts?
Have we been drinking bourbon from our flasks?
Or do we wish to strip away old pretense masks?

The latter would be beneficial; though
you may not want such thoughts and views upon your shelves -
such innovative types (like us) forego
the safety nets that small minds cast around themselves.

My friends, you have a choice - remain secure,
or journey in, so we may walk the untrod shores...

New Sonnet Form Details:
Lines alternate between iambic pentameter and iambic hexameter (no, not sexameter!).
So that's lines of ten and twelve syllables, all going da-daa-da-daa-da-daa...
Rhyme scheme is ABAB CCCC DEDE FF' where F' is a near rhyme to F.

I think the CCCC mono-rhyme stanza breaks the monotony of the ABAB, and the near rhyme at the end breaks the monotony of the perfect rhyming.

Here is the poem which he selected as the winner of the contest.

Poor William (Numi Sonnet)(Renamed Whimscal Sonnet)

Poor William’s not around to try this form—
And pity ’tis, for he would do it up right just!
And not, as I’m intending, flaunt the norm
By using Irish rime* to land on verse’s cusp.

Nor would the Master tempted be to write
In meter that’s so regular the reader might
While reading fall asleep, as if dim night
Had dawned and scared away all ambient delight.

No, he would teach a lesson with his wind
By breaking ev’ry rule rich pedants have proclaimed,
Such as the thought a trochee would rescind
The name ‘iambic’ from a line (as if ’twere lamed).

And I have tried to follow in his footsteps
Here, as opposed to following poetic goosesteps.

* Irish rime is what the Welsh call it;
 the Irish themselves call it perfect ‘correspondence’
or Comharda (the closest thing the Irish have to rime), 
which allows substitution of like-sounding consonants, 
such as t and p (e.g. ‘just’ and ‘cusp’).

(c) Gary Kent Spain, writing as Venicebard

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