Drayton’s Sonnet 1Into these Loves who but for Passion looks,At this first sight here let him lay them byAnd seek elsewhere, in turning other books,Which better may his labor satisfy.No far-fetched sigh shall ever wound my breast,Love from mine eye a tear shall never wring,Nor in Ah mes my whining sonnets drest;A libertine, fantasticly I sing.My verse is the true image of my mind,Ever in motion, still desiring change,And as thus to variety inclined,So in all humours sportively I range.My Muse is rightly of the English strain,That cannot long one fashion entertain.I
• The sonnet usually presents a problem or lament in the first sets(8)of lines and the last 6 lines resolve it or ask other questions.• They are not all love poems, they can be about life in general, about something funny that makes you laugh or some big question you are thinking about.
Rules of the Sonnet• A sonnet is a poem in 14 lines.• There are different forms of sonnets, but the traditional forms are the Spanish and the English sonnet.• The Spanish sonnet uses the a-b-b-a, a-b-b-a rhyme pattern for the first two quatrains. For the sestet(last 6 lines) there are two different possibilities: c-d-e-c-d-e and c-d-c-c-d-c.• The rhyme scheme is abab, cdcd, efef, gg in English Sonnets; the Spenserian sonnet is abab, bcbc, cdcd, ee.
Shakespeare’s 5th SonnetWhen forty winters shall besiege thy brow,And dig deep trenches in thy beautys field,Thy youths proud livery so gazed on now,Will be a totterd weed of small worth held:Then being asked, where all thy beauty lies,Where all the treasure of thy lusty days;To say, within thine own deep sunken eyes,Were an all-eating shame, and thriftless praise.How much more praise deservd thy beautys use,If thou couldst answer This fair child of mine ThisShall sum my count, and make my old excuse, sonnet isProving his beauty by succession thine! inThis were to be new made when thou art old, abab, cdcdAnd see thy blood warm when thou feelst it cold. , efef, gg rhyme scheme!
A Modern SonnetThe Carpenter This sonnet is inby Kim BridgfordTo be raised by one who built things was a gift.To be raised by one who saw that out of air theA room was made, or pieces of a chair.The world was known by measurement and heft. abba, ccdd, eeff,As he grew up, he learned the way to touch, gg rhymeAs if the world held secrets in its clutch,Which he would then reveal. He grew to see schemeThat in the commonplace theres mystery.A tree would speak of unbuilt shapes within itThe way that Jesus knew the infinite.He worked in words, and handled them like wood,Creating lasting work that he called good.He shaped the clouds into his fathers faceFor those who had before seen only space.
The Golden YearsAll I do these drawn-out daysis sit in my kitchen at Pheasant Ridgewhere there are no pheasant to be seenand last time I looked, no ridge.I could drive over to Quail Fallsand spend the day there playing bridge,but the lack of a falls and the absence of quailwould just remind me of Pheasant Ridge.I know a widow at Fox Runand another with a condo at Smokey Ledge.One of them smokes, and neither can run,so Ill stick to the pledge I made to Midge.Who frightened the fox and bulldozed the ledge?I ask in my kitchen at Pheasant Ridge.
Into My Own Robert Frost SonnetOne of my wishes is that those dark trees,So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,Were not, as twere, the merest mask of gloom,But stretched away unto the edge of doom.I should not be withheld but that some dayInto their vastness I should steal away,Fearless of ever finding open land, Or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand.I do not see why I should eer turn back,Or those should not set forth upon my track Rhyme scheme:To overtake me, who should miss me here aabb, ccdd, eeff,And long to know if still I held them dear. ggThey would not find me changed from him they knew— Only more sure of all I thought was true.
Browning Sonnet 14If thou must love me, let it be for nought This sonnet uses Except for loves sake only. Do not say the more Italian "I love her for her smile--her look--her wayOf speaking gently,--for a trick of thought rhyme scheme…That falls in well with mine, and certes brought abba, bccb, dede A sense of pleasant ease on such a day"— For these things in themselves, Beloved, may de Be changed, or change for thee,--and love, so wrought,May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Thine own dear pitys wiping my cheeks dry,-- A creature might forget to weep, who boreThy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! But love me for loves sake, that evermoreThou mayst love on, through loves eternity.
Sonnets--Unrealities. III. e e cummingsit is at moments after i have dreamedof the rare entertainment of your eyes, Cummingswhen (being fool to fancy) i have deemedwith your peculiar mouth my heart made wise; uses theat moments when the glassy darkness holds normalthe genuine apparition of your smile abab,cdcd, efe(it was through tears always) and silence moulds f, gg rhymesuch strangeness as was mine a little while;moments when my once more illustrious arms scheme, butare filled with fascination, when my breast he doesn’twears the intolerant brightness of your charms:one pierced moment whiter than the rest follow the--turning from the tremendous lie of sleep usual sonneti watch the roses of the day grow deep. form.