Essentially the identifying characteristic of the Clare Sonnet is its
couplet rhyme pattern aabbccddeeffgg
It is supposed to be Iambic Pentameter, but I have seen
variations from Tetrameter to Heptameter.
IMHO a poet should add -” In the style of John Clare” to these poems.
However see Couplet Sonnet or the Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet as alternates.
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Clare Sonnet)
Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear.
I ask that first you test your words alone
If anger stems from blunder of my own.
Is it essential now that blame be found;
will such proceed toward a common ground?
If meaning’s very clear, then is it fair?
Are these first words intended to repair?
Unleashed, harsh words will travel like a spear,
Perhaps, the words should simply disappear
for now, until your anger can abate.
There’s nothing risked delaying words that grate.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you, honey; I will make it right.