Four Epoch Sonnet

3 quatrains + couplet
Normally Iambic Pentameter
Rhyming pattern: abba cdcd efge hh
Volta after L9
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines

Example Poem:

Four  Epoch Sonneteer  (Four Epoch Sonnet)

In school in fifty-seven I learned rhyme;
and forced exposure taught me sonnets ruled.
That all had fourteen lines; so I was schooled.
and Shakespeare was the master for all time.

Near three score years had passed before I tried
again to master bard’s acknowledged sphere.
Then meter taunted me; I was defied
by multisyllabic words quite unclear.

At last, I grasped it, got the concept down.
I tried then linking sonnets together
with structure well defined, to tell a tale
worth telling.  I, at last. composed a crown.

A sonnet redouble’–now version five,
is ready; somehow I am still alive.

© Lawrencealot, October 17, 2012

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