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.

© Lawrencealot – 2012

Visual Templates ( I have included one for Trochaic meter too)

Sestina Sonnet - Iambic

Sestina Sonnet - Trochaic

Salamanders’ Fireburst

This is a sonnet form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines.
It is stanzaic, consisting of three quatrains and a non-rhyming couplet.
Iy id metric, written in either iambic pentameter or iambic tetrameter.
Rhyme pattern is abcb acdc aded ae, where the c and d rhymes must be feminine.
 Example poem
Tramp Stamp 777LLY     (Salamander’s Fireburst)
I don’t know why my daddy named his car.
He named it Lilly, and my mom don’t care.
He says she’s has a soft top that he fancies
and that she’s got a tramp-stamp right back there,
and she’s his ride and carries his guitar.
To name her after mom would be too chancy;
she’s square,  demure and won’t attract a copper
and her tramp-stamp just doesn’t go with Nancy.
“She let’s the dog ride with us to the bar,
she’ll haul things when your mommy plays the shopper
but she dissuades my mom-in-law with charm.”
Of all the things she does, well that’s the topper.
She’s sassy, gutsy, willing to go far,
his Lilly’s cute yet causes no alarm.
© Lawrencealot – February 25, 2014
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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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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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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.
My Thanks to Jodi Van Gorder for the wonderful PMO resource.
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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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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A sonnet form invented by Ruth Poteet aka Reason on Allpoetry
A variation on a variattion of a Keats Sonnet.
10 syllables
Four tercets plus a couplet
Rhymed: aaa bbb ccc ddd ee
Example Poem
Social Engineering     (Reasonnet)
Now every day you make me break the ice.
I wouldn’t mind if you’d just ask me nice.
Instead you merely yak and give advice.
“Who made me your undocumented fool,
and set me up as your ice-breaking tool?”
I just decided to revoke that rule.
Of course we want to search for our next meal
yet all my stomping may attract a seal.
you say, “So what? That’s not a biggy deal.”
This method causes quickly, a commotion.
I backslap you with one nice friendly motion
and voila! there’s our entry to the ocean.
I found my solution to be quite neat.
It’s quicker than my using my two feet.
© Lawrencealot – June 1, 2013
This was a picture prompt contest entry.
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Curtailed Quaintrelle

A further development of (D.D. Michaels)  Quaintrelle form by Marcy Jarvis, aka ea on
it is a sonnet written as follows:
* Three four-line stanzas with syllable counts of 8, 8, 8, 6 in each stanza, written in iambic meter.
* The third line in each stanza contains internal rhymes on the 4th and 8th syllables in that line.
* The rhyme scheme for the first two stanzas is aa(bb)c dd(ee)c.
* The rhyme scheme for the third stanza is ff(gg)h. (Alternatively, the h line may rhyme with the c lines.)
* The final two lines have 8 syllables each, are in iambic meter, and rhyme as a couplet: ii.
Example Poem
Volta Optional     (Curtailed Quaintrelle)
What twisted thinking must I use
to try this form yet not abuse
the notion held that sonnets meld
a volta, or a twist?
I boldly pound this keyboard now,
I think I’ve found the lee just how
allowing me, somehow the glee
I’m apt not to resist!
I’ll let this sonnet, as it should,
meander through here looking good,
then without fail, right here, curtail
a volta!  Pound my fist!
The Nevada Sonnet: is the same.
Internal rhyme with sonnet name.
© Lawrencealot – April 23, 2012
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PGMA Sonnet

The PGMA Sonnet was invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes
on January 28, 2009 name in honor of:
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (born April 5, 1947) is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga. She was the country’s second female president (after Corazón Aquino), and the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal.
Noted: 12/23/12
rhyming pattern: abba abba cddc dd
Example Sonnet
California Grows Nevada     (PGMA Sonnet)
When California raised the rate at which
it taxes the “rich” it assured one thing.
In Nevada cash registers will ring.
The small businesses won’t just stay and bitch.
Some are bound to stay; many though will switch
to states nearby where taxes have less sting.
These states will see a relative upswing.
Increasing taxes simply won’t enrich.
Thanks Wilson, for a few more jobs right here
in Nevada, it’s appreciated.
Though Dems seem to think it’s complicated,
it’s really not, to me it is quite clear.
When their quest to tax is finally sated
We could end-up overpopulated.
     © Lawrencealot – December 23, 2012

Storm Sonnet

This is a sonnet form created by Mark A. Whittington-Buckley, aka Stormy22 on Allpoetry.
This is a stanzaic sonnet consisting of 3 quatrains and a couplet
The rhyme pattern is abccdeffghiijj
It is normally written in iambic pentameter
But the poet may choose trochaic , (the poet may also choose to pen in tetrameter)
The volta or turn is to occur at or following line 9.Example Poem

We’ve Been Big-Bangwashed (Storm Sonnet )

When theories become so manifest
To question is to don the dunces cap,
the cliques and guilds are apt to take offense
at any view, to them not making sense.

Advanced math models beyond reason’s realm
with black unknowns “prove” model is correct.
The Big old Bang promoted as though law
is theory, and now we’ve found a flaw.

When Hubble posited the universe
expands, deduce from Doppler measurements
now known to scientists as the red-shift
it “proved” the model was their greatest gift.

But now clear thinking folks have found indeed,
that other forces add to red-shift speed.

© Lawrencealot – February 24, 2012

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