Gadget Sonnets

Count as of November 1, 2017 = 70

This index lists only sonnets which I have classified as “Gadget” Sonnet.  They have refrain, or have construction or length requirements which fall outside of the “standard” sonnet area, which generally vary only in meter, line-length, rhyme pattern or volta requirements.

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13 Line SonnetAny sonnet form which ends in couplet, wherein the poet combines two lines into one with internal rhyme.
 AA Sonnet (12 Step Sonnet)abab cdcd efef gg
Staircase internal rhyme
Acrostic Sonnet *TREATMENT rather than form
Acrostic Tribute SonnetAcrostic plus title yields message.
Alternating Sonnet abba/ccd/abba/ede or aab/cddc/ebe/cddc
Alternate quatrains and tercets
Amanda’s Dark Sonnet
It is a sonnet consisting of two seven line stanza’s.
The first letters of each line form a two word acrostic, which must be alliterative.
The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabbcca abbccdd
Arabian  Onegin Sonnet AaAa BBbb CdC DDd
Bardic SonnetEnglish Sonnet with cross-rhyme and Consonant End-Rhyme.
Beginning of the Line Rhymed Sonnetaabbccddeeffgg
Blues SonnetAAa BBb CCc DDd ee
Bush Ballad Meter Sonnetababcdcdefefgg, syllabic 15/11, anpestic and iambic
Busta SonnettoA sonnet made up of two quintets (with envelope rhyme) and a quattrain, in any order.  Hundreds of possible rhyme schemes.
Chained SonnetCan use any other sonnet form and rhyme pattern.
Must chain last word of line to first word of next line.
Caudate Sonnetabbaabbacdcdcd dee .
Cornish SonnetAbacbc Dedfef AD or abacbC dedfeF CF 
Cross Sonnetaabb ccdd eeff gg or abab cdcd efef gg
Curtailed Quaintrelle3 quatrain + couplet, 8886/8886/8886/88
Rhymed:  aa(bb)c dd(ee)c ff(gg)h ii
Curtailed Sonnetabcabc defde  or  abcabc dbcdc
Deplorable SonnetaaaB cccB dd eeeB
They rhyme scheme: 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

Double Trouble SonnetFront and end-rhyme:
Echo Sonneta*bbA accA addA a*A
Elfmath Sonnet Re-uses identical words in specific pattern as opposed to rhyme scheme.
Folded Sonnet
A gadget sonnet of 12 lines in iambic heptameter.
Germanic Caudated Sonnetabbabccb cddcdd dee dff dgg
Heroic Sonnetababcdcdefefghgh ii
Hybrid Sonnetabba abba cdcd eeabab cdcd efgefg abab cdcd efefef or abba cddc effe gg
Hyper SonnetFour tercets plus a couplet.
Syllabic 10/8/6/5Rhyme scheme is axa axa xaa xaa aa
Illini SonnetWritten in both iambic pentameter and tetrameter.
Rhymed: abcabcdbcdecee
John Tee SonnetABcdefABghijAB


Kiss Cross Sonnetaabb ccdd eeff gg or abab cdcd efef gg 
Kyrielle SonnetAabB, ccbB, ddbB, AB -or- AbaB, cbcB, dbdB, AB.
Korean Sonnet aaaaaaaa bbbbbbbb; a 16 line sonnet
Limerick  SonnetThree quatrains in anapestic meter.
Created by Jeff Green
 Luc Bat SonnetA Vietnamese form with 6/8/6/8..syllable lines and
internal rhyme.
LuVailean SonnetAn invented sonnet form with alternating iambic pentameter and iambic dimeter lines, concluding with a heroic couplet.
Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdefefgg.
Multidirectional SonnetSonnet Treatment – Not a form
Mystique’s Mini SonnetIt is Stanzaic with three quatrains and a couplet
It is Syllabic 6/6/7/7 6/6/7/7 6/6/7/7  7/7
It is Rhymed with a Refrain
Rhyme Pattern Aabb cccc Aa cc dd
Nevada SonnetUse any sonnet rhyme patteren + Interna Rhyme
Passion SonnetA1bA2B1 bcB1c B1dbd A1A2
Paulo Comitatu Sonnet
This sonnet is composed of 3 quatrains, the first line of each being iambic  pentameter or tetrameter, and  the next three being one foot less (tetrameter or trimeter).
The closing couplet is Iambic pentameter.
Rhyme scheme: abbb accc deee dd
Princess SonnetA formulistic sonnet with first syllable(s) rhyme with is the inverse pattern of the orginal sonnet form chosed.
Quatern SonnetNo rhyme Required, Any Permitted   
Queen’s Sonnet

Rhyme Scheme: abba ccac deed ff

Rainis Sonnetabab cbc aa, abab cbc bb, abab cbc cc abab cac aa
abab cac bb, abab cac cc, abab cac aa
Refrained SonnetA refrained rendition of an Italian Sonnet.
Rhyme Scheme: abba cbbc dbbdcc
Relaxed SonnetAlternating iambic trimeter and iambic dimeter lines
and the final couplet being iambic pentameter
Rhymed: abababcdcdcdee, where the a-rhymes are feminine.
Rondel Prime SonnetABba abAB abbaAB
Schwim’s SonnetA 13 line sonnet consisting of 3 quatrains plus a closing line.
Internal rhyme on odd-numbered quatrain lines.
Created by W.W. Schwim.
Sephallian Reverse SonnetWhen read in the normal fashion, the poem has a pessimistic tone, but when read from bottom to top, it becomes and optimistic poem.  The rhyme scheme is abcdeedcbaffa and may optionally be written as a refrain sonnet as A1bcdeedcbA2ffA2A1.
Sestina SonnetNo Rhyme, Formulistic word pattern
Shadow SonnetAny Sonnet rhyme + Internal rhyme
Signature SonnetA 15 line sonnet, 3 quintains, aabba bbaab ababa,
iambic tetrameter, created by B. Chandler
Skeeter SonnetA gadget sonnet consisting of a lines of two feet:
A dactyl plus a trochee, which is catalectic on all even lines except the last.
Slide Sonnetaabb ccdd eeff gg or abab cdcd efef gg
or abba cddc effe gg  Refrain
Sonnet Anapest A sonnet in English Sonnet form written in anapestic tetrameter and trimeter.
Sonnet ReversedA sonnet in iambic pentameter,
with Rhyme Scheme: aa bcbddedefgfg
Sonnet ReversiiA lexical sonnet, where the last word of each line, is the first word of the next line, and the first and last word of the sonnet are the same.
SonondillaIt should be written in octosyllabic lines.
Meter either iambic or trochaic
Rhyme Scheme: abbaabbaccddcc
Volta to appear at line 9.
Super SonnetAny rhyme Scheme, 4 to 8 quatrains followed by couplet
SwannetA1. b. b. A2… c. d. d. c… e. f. f. e… A1. A2.
Tet Zayin SonnetAabb bbcc ccdd ddaA – Amera Anderson
Terza Rima Sonnet


A1bA2 bcb cdc dad A1A2 or  aba bcb cdc ded ff
Tory HexaTet Sonnet


ababcdcd ee ffgg 
Transitive Sonnetaa bbb cccc bbb aa rhyme scheme May change between occurrences of indicated rhyme on basis of
slant rhyme, sight rhyme, metronyms, etc.
Triolet Sonnet ABaAab ABaAab AB
Trinidad SonnetAba cbc Ded fef AD

Tirrell Sonnet 
A1A2 bcb cddc bcb A2A1
Whimsical Sonnet


Lines alternate between iambic pentameter and hexameter
Rhyme scheme: abab cccc dede ff*
where f* is a near rhyme to f
Word Sonnetany sonnet rhyme pattern, one word per line

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