Bowlesian Sonnet

Rhyme scheme: abba cddc effe gg
3 quatrains (Italian rhyme scheme)
followed by Heroic couplet.
14 lines
iambic pentameter.
(My first two source agreed, but since then I have found several that allow tetrameter)
pivot 9-13
Alternately known as Australian sonnet
NOTE: There is another form named Australian Sonnet HERE.
Example poem:
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers   (Bowlesian Sonnet)
Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,
I ask that first you test your words alone.
If anger stems from blunder of my own
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear.
If meaning’s very clear, then is it fair?
Is it essential now that blame be found;
will such proceed toward a common ground?
Are these first words intended to repair?
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.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you, honey; I will make it right.

Blues Sonnet

The defining features of the Blues Sonnet are:
  • a quatorzain made up of 4 triplets and a heroic couplet.
  • oddly metric, in iambic pentameter. This is in contrast to the usual blue stanza which is accentual, with a more folksy rhythm. 
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme AAa BBb CCc DDd ee.
  • it is composed of 4 Blues Stanzas, L1 statement, L2 incremental repetition of L1, and L3 is a climactic parallel of the first 2 lines.
  • pivot or volta should be in the last triplet. and ends in a declamatory couplet.
 
Example Poem:
 
November, 2012
Our country faces crisis we allowed.
My country faces crisis we allowed.
Our constitution has been disavowed.
With Czars a shadow government’s emerged.
Unchecked, a shadow government’s emerged.
Today our middle class has been submerged.
Our President wants full control right now.
The President wants full control right now.
Our freedom must be put aside somehow.
I write to share my fearful sad lament.
I want to share my fearful sad lament.
The takers want it all, and they’re intent.
We need to muster every thinking vote.
for gimme-mores we know will vote by rote.
(c) Lawrencealot – Novemeber 4, 2012
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Blues Sonnet

Blank Verse Sonnet

The Blank Verse Sonnet is simply a sonnet written in Blank Verse. It has all of the features of the sonnet without rhyme. Although Blank Verse is often used in narratives, it can also adapt to the lyrical sonnet. Blank verse is a strophic sonnet in iambic pentameter. Sonnets without rhyme can be traced back to Edmund Spenser.
The defining features of the Blank Verse Sonnet are:
  • metric, written iambic pentameter. In English most sonnets are written in iambic pentameter but there are some that occasionally stray from the norm. To metrically stray is not an option with the Blank Verse Sonnet.
  • unrhymed.
  • a quatorzain with no stanza breaks.
  • composed with a pivot or turn which logically arrives in the 2nd half of the sonnet.
 
Example:
 
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers ( Blank Verse Sonnet )
 
Should you be moved to speak in anger, love,
I ask that first you test your words alone.
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear.
If meaning’s very clear, then is it fair?
Is it essential now that blame be found?
Perhaps, the words should simply disappear
for now, until your anger can abate.
If blunders I have made have caused upset
I’ll be contrite and wanting to amend.
Let’s lie together in our bed tonight
and you in dulcet tones will make me know
whatever actions I should contemplate.
I’ll listen, think, and I will understand.
Speak whispers to me love, I’ll make it right.

Beymorlin Sonnet

Beymorlin Sonnet 
The defining features of the Beymorlin Sonnet are:
  • written in a quatorzain made up of 3 quatrains and a couplet.
  • metered, primarily iambic pentameter.
  • double rhymed, rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg with a separate internal rhyme in the same pattern as the end rhyme. The internal rhyme should occur within the first two syllables of each line.
  • composed with the epiphany arriving slowly after the 2nd quatrain.
Example:
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Beymorlin Sonnet)
It’s best if you are angry dear, to wait
and speak the words when you are all alone,
to test if meaning’s clear.  Let heat abate
and tweak the words so I don’t have to moan.
A voice that’s raised invokes a sharp retort
the stage is set for defense right away.
My choice would be to listen then support
a sage, but dulcet wife; make things Okay.
A word cant wait, while anger wanes and cools.
Let’s try to schedule talks to make things better.
Assured results are reached when reason rules.
Oh by the way, you know I like that.sweater!
Use clear and mellow whispers in the night,
my dear, I love you; so I’ll make it right.
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Betwixt Sonnet

Friday, October 12, 2012
5:28 PM

This form was invented for Sonnet 1327 by
Jose Rizal M. Reyes, of February 26, 2009
format: English (3 quad trains plus a couplet)
rhyming pattern: abba cbbc dbbd bb
IT was named the Betwixt Sonnet on November 13, 2012
by Lawrencealot until I hear otherwise from the ‘Fair youth”

Example:
Accidental Me               ( Betwixt Sonnet )
The chances of becoming you were small.
Your mother might have never said okay,
when first she met your father that one day.
Another beau might then have won the call.
The mating might have some how been postponed
or hurried by just seconds either way,
ejaculate could have been washed away,
or killed by spermicide your momma owned.
A simple cough that nudged the winning sperm
decided you’d be who you are today.
But certainly you are your dossier
so fill it up and never act infirm.
The game is being played out everyday
and as for me I find it fun to play.
Lawrencealot – November 13, 2012
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Acrostic Sonnet

There are several variations of acrostics, the simplest is
a poem where the first characters of each line spell out
a word, name, phrase or sentence.
One can design an acrostic using any existing form,
or no form at all.  That does not thereby create a new
form, but is merely application of a device.
Note:  In the following example I used a Supersonnet form
Then selected letters that spelled words with the number
of characters as the stanza have line.
Black Friday Shopping
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.

Asean Royal Flush Sonnet

Asean Sonnet is simply an Italian sonnet in mono-rhyme.
Invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes

The Asean Sonnet is:

a quatorzain made up of an octave followed by a sestet.
metric, iambic pentameter.
mono-rhymed, aaaaaaaa aaaaaa.
turned on the 9th line.

Example Sonnet

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Asean Sonnet)

Don’t speak in anger or when you’re uptight.
At those times one’s words overly excite
and seem to others as an undue sleight.
A harsh phrase once set verbally in flight
can’t be recalled and must and will alight
and like a flaming arrow, may ignite.
Instead of curing such words will incite
and distance the solution to your plight.
If I have blundered then I’ll be contrite.
But calm approaches help make troubles slight.
We want to solve a problem, not to fight.
Now here’s the perfect way to do this right.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you dearly; I will make it right.
(c) Lawrencealot – October 8, 2012

Arabian Sonnet

A quatorzain made up of 2 quatrains + 2 tercets.
metric, iambic pentameter.
rhymed, aaaa bbbb ccc ddd.
Volta on the 9th line.

Sample Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Arabian Sonnet)

A silence is most fine thing when irate.
It’s wise of you my dear, therefore, to wait,
re-think the message goal and contemplate
how goals are reached when embraced by your mate.

If my own blunder may have made you mad
a defensive re tort might well be bad
when thoughtful comment ought to now be had.
Let’s frame discussion so to make you glad.

Perhaps, the words should simply disappear.
Unleashed, harsh words will travel like a spear.
Use calm and dulcet tones I love to hear.

We want to solve a problem, not to fight.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you dearly; I will make it right.

© Larry Eberhart, aka Lawrencealot

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American Forte

 Invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines
Quatrazain
Iambic Petameter
Three Quatrains + Ending couplet
Rhyme Scheme: abab bbcc cdcd dd
 Associated form: American Libra = abab bbcc cdcd ee

Example Poem
Lead and Follow  (American Forte Sonnet)
Just follow your individual quest.
Pursue what stimulates your mind and soul.
When you’ve done jobs with care, and done your beat
That’s all that counts and that’s your only role.
Compare not yourself; other’s have their goal,
which may not seem in synch, in part or whole.
You need not better any one, but need
to do your very best, then you succeed.
You may have skills enabling you to lead.
That leadership is not the goal, you see.
But if you can help others when they need
a guide, you just help building their esprit.
Where you should follow, don’t compete; be free
to play roles that enhance in small degree.
© Lawrencealot   Oct.16, 2012