Tet Zayin Sonnet

The Tet Zayin Sonnet was created by Amera M. Andersen.  Tet Zayin is the Hebrew number 16
A new Form with a strict structure it does not have to be iambic. It has 16 lines or four quatrains.
Rhyme Scheme: Aabb bbcc ccdd ddaA

Rhyme Scheme: Aabb bbcc ccdd ddaA
S1=11 syllables
S2=9 syllables
S3=9 syllables
S4 =11 syllables
Last line is the same as first.


S1=11 syllables
S2=9 syllables
S3=11 syllables
S4 =9 syllables
Last line is the same as first.

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Tet Zayin Sonnet)

Persuade and convince with whispers in the night.
Speaking out in anger is apt to incite,
invoking defensive fight.  One should just wait,
make sure their words are clear; let anger abate.

An angry start assures a debate
Let’s solve the problem, not aggravate.
Harsh words once tossed out, fly like a spear.
You want concurrence, it would appear,

so wait and let anger disappear.
You convince me best when you are near.
If angered by blunder of my own
once I understand I will atone.

Between you and I no harsh words need be thrown
for granting joy to you, increases my own.
Tranquil ev’ning musings always turn out right.
Persuade and convince with whispers in the night.

(c) Lawrencealot – June, 2012

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Tennyson-Turner’s Sonnet

Charles Tennyson-Turner’s Sonnet

Rhyme scheme: abab  cdcd  effe  fe
Meter: Consistent or iambic pentameter
Structure: Three quatrains and a resolving couplet

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Tennyson-Turner Sonnet)

Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,
I ask that first you test your words alone.
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear.
If anger stems from blunder of my own.

If meaning’s very clear, then is it fair?
Is it essential now that blame be found?
Are these first words intended to repair?
will such proceed toward a common ground?

Perhaps, the words should simply disappear
for now, until your anger can abate.
There’s nothing risked delaying words that grate.
Unleashed, harsh words will travel like a spear.

Soft words at night do share a common trait-
they urge me to make problems disappear.

(c) Larencealot – May, 2012

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Swannet sounds like Sonnet.

This form whilst not the creation of the Canadian poet, Gloria Carpenter, it has become her trademark being used in conjunction with her elemental and avian photo studies in British Columbia.
It is a straight forward form comprising of 3 envelope stanzas and a couplet.
The rhyme scheme is .A1. b. b. A2… c. d. d. c… e. f. f. e… A1. A2.
The meter is not specified but is usualy tetrameter or pentameter.

Example Poem:
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Swannet )
When you are angry, words should be deferred.
If anger stems from blunder of my own
I’ll not be defensive to quiet tone.
A voice in dulcet tones is much preferred.
Perhaps, the words should simply disappear
for now, until your anger can abate.
There’s nothing risked delaying words that grate.
Unleashed, harsh words will travel like a spear.
We’re lovers so we want to get this right.
If you should softly speak of your despair
I will want to facilitate repair.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
When you are angry, words should be deferred.
A voice in dulcet tones is much preferred.
(c) Lawrencealot – November, 2012
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Super Sonnet

This is any Iambic pentameter set of 4 to 8 quatrains ending with a couplet.
The Poet may choose any rhyme scheme.
xxxx xxxx xxxx … xxxx xx

Example Poem:

(Note: that this poem is an Acrostic.  The supersonnet form was chosen
because it had the correct number of lines and spacing for the characters needed.)

Tell Them They Like It

The crowd was an avalanche coming in.
Event promotion: a circus it seemed.
Less time was spent preparing, staff was thin.
Leaving unspent coupons was quite undreamed.

The parking lot was now afloat with cars.
Hello! The drunks are falling out of bars
Especially to see the dancing girls
Machine precisioned bonnets hid their curls.

The stock boys were an army through the store.
Here stands the boss, a monument to glitz.
Employees hide their hair more than their tits.
You know which stumbling drunks want to see more.

Liquor, and candy-canes donned cloaks of foil.
Instant rebates were blooming on each aisle.
Kiosk sales pitches bubbled to a boil.
E-mail and flyer ads made shoppers smile.

Inventory flew through door through the night,.
This all because the voting turned out right.

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Spenserian Sonnet

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The Spenserian Sonnet was named for Edmund Spenser 1552-1599, a 16th century English Poet. The Spenserian Sonnet inherited the tradition of the declamatory couplet of Wyatt / Surrey although Spenser used Sicilian quatrains to develop a metaphor, conflict, idea or question logically, with the declamatory couplet resolving it.

Beyond the prerequisite for all sonnets, the defining features of the Spenserian Sonnet are:

  • a quatorzain made up of 3 Sicilian quatrains (4 lines alternating rhyme) and ending in a rhyming couplet
  • metric, primarily iambic pentameter.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme ababbcbccdcdee.
  • composed with a volta (a non physical gap) or pivot (a shifting or tilting of the main line of thought) sometime after the 2nd quatrain. The epiphany is arrived at logically.
  • written with each quatrain developing a metaphor, conflict, idea or question, and the end declamatory couplet providing the resolution.

Sonnet LXXV 

One day I wrote her name upon the strand,

But came the waves and washed it away;

Again I wrote it with a second hand,

But came the tide and made my pains his prey.

“Vain man,” said she, “that dost in vain assay

A mortal thing so to immortalize,

For I myself shall like to this decay,

And eke my name be wiped out likewise

“Not so.” quod I, “Let baser thing devise

To die in dust, but you shall live by fame;

My verse your virtues rare shall eternize

And in the heavens write your glorious name,

Where, when as death shall all the world subdue,

Our love shall live, and later life renew.”

——Sir Edmund Spenser


Fresh Spring! the herald of Loves mighty king,

In whose coat-armour richly are displayed

All sorts of flowers, the which on earth do spring

In goodly colours gloriously arrayed –

Go to my love, where she is careless laid,

Yet in her winters bower, not well awake;

Tell her the joyous time will not be staid,

Unless she do him by the forelock take:

Bid her, therefore, herself soon ready make

To wait on Love amongst his lovely crew,

Where every one that misseth then her make,

Shall be by him amerced with penance dew.

Make haste, therefore, sweet Love! whilst it is prime;

For none can call again the passed time.

—- Edmund Spenser 1552-1599

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Spenserian Sonnet

Type: Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Simple, Pivot Requirement

Description: This sonnet is arranged as three quatrains and a couplet using rhyme to help interlink. There is a pivot, a change of meaning or direction, that usually occurs in the sonnet at the ninth line. It was developed by Edmund Spenser.

Attributed to: Edmund Spenser

Origin: English

Schematic: The rhyme scheme is: abab bcbc cdcd ee.

Rhythm/Stanza Length: 14

Line/Poem Length: 14


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Rhyme Scheme and Meter

Spenserian forms often employ an intricate, interlocked rhyme scheme, with the favored iambic pentameter serving as the rhythm. These poems are often more difficult to write than a form like the Shakespearean, or English, sonnet, which does not call for as many repeated rhymes. The two main forms of Spenserian poems — the stanza and the sonnet — both slightly vary from existing forms, such as the French ballade and the Petrarchan sonnets. You might want to practice writing in iambic pentameter or follow an easier form like a ballad or Shakespearean sonnet before attempting the Spenserian forms. Also, don’t forget you can use half or “slant” rhymes rather than forcing perfect rhymes.

Spenserian Stanza

The “Spenserian stanza,” used in Spenser’s poem “The Faerie Queen,” is comprised of eight lines in iambic pentameter and a ninth line, called an alexandrine, with 12 syllables and primary stresses on syllables six and 12. The Spenserian stanza rhymes ABABBCBCC, a very similar scheme to the French ballade and the Italian ottava rima. The repeated rhymes make the form difficult to write, especially in rhyme-poor languages like English. The ninth line of the Spenserian stanza serves to complete the idea presented in the first eight lines of the stanza. Start practicing writing lines in iambic pentameter followed by lines of 12 syllables before trying to tackle the form and the rhyme scheme at once.

Spenserian Sonnet

The form known as the Spenserian sonnet combines elements from other sonnet forms. This form utilizes only five rhymes, similar to the Petrarchan sonnet, but follows a structure more akin to the Shakespearean sonnet, with three quatrains followed by a couplet. The Spenserian sonnet follows the rhyme scheme, ABAB BCBC CDCD EE, and is written in iambic pentameter. While the “turn” in a Petrarchan sonnet occurs around the ninth line, the realization occurs in the final couplet of a Spenserian sonnet. Spenser often threw in a false turn by using words like “yet” or “but” around the ninth line, but the true resolution or revelation occurs in the final two lines.

The Turn

The turn, also called the “volta,” is an important component of the sonnet form, and even the alexandrine at the end of a Spenserian stanza provides a kind of relief or conclusion to the previous lines. It might be useful to write sonnets in both Petrarchan and Shakespearean forms prior to writing a Spenserian sonnet — practice the Petrarchan form to improve your rhyme scheme, but train with the Shakespearean sonnet to work on effective turns in the final couplet. The interlocking rhymes of a Spenserian sonnet act as glue between the quatrains, but the new rhyme in the couplet packs a punch.

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My Example:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Spenserian Sonnet)

Should you be moved to speak in anger dear
I ask that first you test your words alone.
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear.
Sometimes context will change with spoken tone.

If anger stems from blunders of my own
There’s nothing risked delaying words that grate.
I’ll be contrite as in the past I’ve shown
so wait, my love for anger to abate.

In calmness we can set the record straight
I think harsh words will simply disappear
when dulcet tones from you do emanate.
Your goal will be achieved I think, my dear.

My love,  use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you, honey; I will make it right.

(c) Lawrencealot – March, 2012



Slide Sonnet

The Slide Sonnet is created be Victoria Sutton aka “PassionsPromise.”  
Like most sonnets, it has 14 lines. 
It is composed with eight syllables to each line. 
The first half of the first line of each stanza “slides” 
to the last half of the third line, 
creating a unique poetic repetition.  
The rhyme scheme may be “aabb ccdd eeff gg” 
or “abab cdcd efef gg” or abba cddc effe gg”
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Slide Sonnet)
If you should speak in anger, dear, 
first speak where only you can hear 
then speak softly if you should speak 
Good results come from this technique. 
If meaning’s clear, is message fair? 
Are words intended to repair, 
if so, they will if meaning’s clear 
for your goals are mine too my dear.
The words can wait, while anger cools 
and then converse when reason rules. 
I will be here, the words can wait.
You views I will appreciate. 
Use whispers closely late tonight. 
And honey I will make it right. 
aabb ccdd eeff gg  or abab cdcd efef gg or abba cddc effe gg
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Sicilian Sonnet

The defining features of the Sicilian Sonnet are:
• a quatorzain, made up of an octave followed by a sestet.
• metric, in English, written in iambic pentameter.
• composed with the octave presenting an idea, problem or question, followed by a sestet finding the solution or resolution. The word “sestet” originally was reserved for the sonnet or other forms in which the group of 6 lines attempts to distinguish itself from other line groups such as the octave of the sonnet. This is in contrast to the words sixain or sexain which are 6 line stanzas usually written in conjunction with other sixains or sexains as in the Sestina.
• rhymed using only 4 rhymes. The difference between Sicilian and Italian is in the rhyme scheme. The octave made up of 2 quatrains alternates rhyme abababab. The sestet made up of 2 tercets with alternate rhyme cdcdcd. 

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There are three basic Italian Sonnet Forms; 
1. Italian.
2. Sicilian and
3. Sonetto Rispetto.
The difference is in the octave. The octave is constructed of two quatrains.
1. The Italian has a rhyming scheme of, a.b.b.a….a.b.b.a.
2. The Sicilian has a rhyming scheme of, a.b.b.a….c.d.d.c.
3. The Sonetto Rispetto uses uses either sestet with the Ottava Rima Octave which is very different from the two previous forms and has a rhyming scheme of a.b.a.b.a.b.c.c.
Each of these forms can also have a choice of two sestets, Italian and Sicilian:
1. The Italian sestet consists of two tercets (of 3 lines) with the rhyme scheme.. .1.2.3….1.2.3. 
2. The Sicilian Sestet, has a rhyme scheme of .

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FORM : Re-stated
* Sicilian form of the Italian Sonnet – 14 lines
* divided into 1 octave and a sestet
* volta (pivot) in line 9
* written in iambic pentameter
* rhyme scheme abab abab cdc cdc
                         or abab abab cde cde

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers       (Sicilian Sonnet)


Should you be moved to speak in anger dear,

I ask that first you test your words alone.

If I have blundered then I will want to hear

but will not gain from harshness in your tone.

Such words once thrown will travel like a spear

We’ve both before said words we can’t disown.

You’ll want to make sure that your meaning’s clear;

an err unsaid leaves nothing to atone.


So hold those words for later; don’t despair,

there’s nothing risked delaying words that grate.

My love, use whispers closely late tonight.

I’ll listen to your words- you know I’m fair.

So love, allow your anger to abate.

I love you dearly; I will make it right.


© Lawrencealot – June 21, 2013


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Shadow Sonnet

Created by Amera Anderson
May be written in any sonnet style. The Shadow takes place at the beginning and ending of each line as the words are identical or homophonic words or
their derivatives.
14 lines
Should have a volta or pivot (if original form does)
Iambic pentameter is not necessary

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers    (Shadow Sonnet)

Speak not in anger, though mad when you speak.
Compose yourself then attempt to compose
phrases defining call to act, phrases
filled not with blame, but requests I can fill.

Partners resolve issues when as partners
they proceed- each understanding that they
own both messages, not merely their own.
I want my final words to be, “Aye aye.”

Wait while upsets subside. It’s worth the wait.
Care taken framing talk is proof you care.
Help smoothing objections is a big help
solving any problem which we must solve.

Nighttime brings closeness with romance of night.
Whispered concerns vanish with a whisper.

(c) Lawrencealot – March 30, 2012

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Sestina Sonnet

The Sestina Sonnet is written in ten-syllable lines(usually iambic pentameter) and is structured with three stanzas; three quatrains(four-line stanzas) and a concluding couplet(a two-line stanza). The interesting thing about the Sestina Sonnet is that it actually doesn’t rhyme. It retains the Sestina qualities by repeating the end-words of lines throughout the piece.

The four words that end the lines of the first stanza, end the lines of the other two stanzas, in a different order each time. The last stanza, uses two of those words per line, with one in the middle and one at the end of the line.

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Sestina Sonnet)

Don’t start a message with an angry word
for voice will carry tones that are not right
for saying what is needed to be heard.
An angry start can last until the night.

Daytime travails get pushed away at night
and ‘ere we sleep all problems should be heard.
Tell me I’ve goofed without an angry word.
We’ll fix it, regardless of who is right.

Experience shows that you’re usually right
unless you misunderstood deed or word.
A certain magic when we talk at night
yields solutions from voices that are heard.

You will be heard and things will work out right.
Tell me at night by way of whispered word.

(c) Lawrencealot – November 7, 2012

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In previous examples I have show most set for Iambic so let’s be different here.

Saraband Sonnet- Spanish Style

tercet + quatrain + tercet + quatrain
Four stanzas
Volta at Line 8

Stanza 1 a tercet, rhyme axa or aaa

Stanza 2 a quatrain, any quatrain form or rhyme
The stanza forms may be mixed
Note my lables and templates do not consider mixed forms.

  • English: abab or abcb
  • Italian: baab
  • Spanish: bcbc
  • French: bbcc

Stanza 3 a tercet, same tercet form as stanza 1
a sonnet with a French tercet requires
line 2 of both tercets to rhyme.

Stanza 4 a quatrain, any quatrain form and
Any metrical foot
Any metrical line
Some authorities insist on eight syllables but this is not cut and dried
Rhyme scheme: depends on the form chosen.
The volta the first line of the second tercet.

aaa bcbc aaa bcbc
axa bcbc axa bcbc

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Sarabande Sonnet)

If you should speak in anger, dear
first speak where only you can hear
to be assured your meaning’s clear.

If meaning’s clear then is it fair?
is blame essential to be found?
Are words intended to repair,
and will they guide toward common ground?

Perhaps they ought to disappear
until your anger is not here,
for thrown, they travel like a spear.

The ripples spread out everywhere.
Use whispers closely, late tonight.
Just say you’re angry- for I care.
And honey I will make it right.

(c) Lawrencealot

Visual Template:  (Early on I found the spelling shown below, but have intentionally chose to opt for the more commonly found “Saraband”.