Illini Sonnet

Two invented sonnet forms were found in Pathways for a Poet by Viola Berg 1977. This book was written for teachers with contributions by teachers. The various forms were offered as learning exercises.
• The Illini Sonnet uses iambic tetrameter as well as pentameter to complete the quatorzain. Inventd by Nel Modglin who probably is connected to the University of Illinois in some way since “Illini” is the nickname connected to the school. 

The Illini Sonnet is:
○ a quatorzain.
○ metered, iambic – L1,L4,L5,L8,L9 and L12 are tetrameter and L2,L3,L6,L7,L10,L11,L13 and L14 are pentameter.
○ rhymed, abcabcdbcdecee.

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example
Enlightenment (IlliniSonnet)

The seeking of enlightenment
becomes a goal, and life-long trip for some.
For others, it’s a state that they enjoy.
But friends, it’s an entitlement
which if it’s left alone will come.
To chart a trip, we’ve tools we can employ;
we can always take a great circle route
or with a map perhaps a rhomb,
(both take an effort to deploy.)
To succeed, one must surely be astute.
If anywhere you’re going is okay
and you’re just happy spreading joy –
you don’t demand that all things work your way
you’ll find that even work is only play.

© Lawrencealot – March 8, 2015

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