The 13 Line Sonnet is a from created by Marcy Jarvis, aka ea of Allpoetry.
The defining characteristic of the form is that any standard fourteen line sonnet which ends in a
rhyming couplet, is converted to 13 lines by provided internal rhyme within that line.
The poet may use flexibility in selecting rhyming syllables to accommodate feminine rhyme or the meter chosen.
Obviously this cannot be applied to an Italian Sonnet with prohibits final couplet rhyme.
Note also that if the poet chooses a sonnet form like the Betwixt Sonnet, which requires the couplet to rhyme with an earlier line, ( In this case abba cbbc dbbc bb ) the 13th line rhymes must match that specified rhyme.
Shall I Be Ruled
A sonnet dear, you most completely write
on tablet made of stone, already lined.
That’s all she expects from bards of realm.
The gods decreed that maiden shall be mine.
Expand, compress; do both and overwhelm.
In winning, might I still chalk up a loss?
By bending early to controlling will
do I establish pretty maid as boss?
Will all my future journeys be uphill?
Forsooth! I’ll take the maid! I’m not afraid.
© Lawrencealot January 1, 2013