Byron’s Sonnet

Byron’s sonnets are obviously influenced by the Italian form rather than the English and possess an octave and a sestet. The Octave comprises of a progression of three rhymes a. b. b. a… a. c. c. a. but it’s the sestet that makes it unique, d. e. d…e. d. e.

Rhyme Scheme: abba acca ded ede

example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Byron’s 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?

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

But whisper to me when it’s getting late,
and your concerns will find solution, dear.

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