Kiss Cross Sonnet

Invented by Jemmy Farmer, aka Sapphic_Raven
Form is Tetrameter   (8 syllable lines)
Rhyme Pattern:  aabb ccdd eeff gg or abab cdcd efef gg
with part of each first line of each quatrain  being mirrored in the fourth line of each quatrain
Example Poem:
Where’re You Are….Kiss Cross Sonnet
My heart belongs where’re you are, 
And while we danced to old love songs, 
Your eyes revealed the brightest star, 
Where’re you are my heart belongs. 
We sealed our love in kisses sweet, 
The moonlight shining high above, 
As if she knew of our retreat 
In kisses sweet, we sealed our love. 
With hand in hand we watched the dawn, 
Before we walked the barren sand, 
Towards the future found the morn 
We watched the dawn with hand in hand. 
And now while thinking of darling you, 
I know my dreams have all come true.
By Jemmy Farmer
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Kindergarten Klas Sonnet

This form, another invented by ‘fair youth’ Jose Rizal M. Reyes
rhyming pattern: abca bcab cabc dd
format: English (quatrain, quatrain, quatrain, couplet)
Example Poem:
Mary Sullivan Boren   (Kindergarten Klas Sonnet)
No poet here has helped advance my skill
(of sorts), than Mary, known as MeterMaid.
No pretention resides within my friend
but wit and talent join insight to thrill.
She’s self-appraising, able, not afraid
to re-invent herself and put an end
to stagnant comforts even when the pill
is bitter. Growth, she knew was worth the trade.
Experience ladled into brain, sautéed
with humility, wrought a gal who will,
if asked, dissemble words with which you’ve made
your poem belch, or in some way offend.
Aside from help in meter at her place,
Her writings exercise my aging face.
© Lawrencealot – November 12, 2012
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Kal’s Wondercloth Weave

Invented by  Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines
Meter: Consistent or iambic pentameter
Volta: Not Defined
rhyming pattern: abcb bcdc cded de
format: English (quatrain, quatrain, quatrain, couplet)

Example Poem:

Plan to Fit      ( Kal’s Wondercloth Weave Sonnet )

Societal complexity dictates mankind
initiate a forward-looking plan before
indoctrination’s even finished by big bro.
A standard dumbing down so they can write the score.

A uniform agenda sets the planning floor.
You plan ahead to learn to recognize the flow.
Preparing mind to find things fine so that you’ll fit.
Then you can find a niche with those that run the show.

Prepare to be a drone; we need more drones, you know.
Defer today, that’s dogma’s way of teaching it.
Embrace authority; easier than being free,
So plan ahead, so when the music stops, you’ll sit.

But, there is much to cherish living every day
in spontaneity, in fact that reeks of me.

© Lawrencealot – November 18, 2012

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Irish Sonnet

Irish Sonnet
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines
Quatorzain – Generally Iambic Pentameter
Volta at or following line 9
3 Quatrains + Couplet
Rhyme scheme: abab bcbc cdcd dd

Example Poem:

Love or Lust  (Irish Sonnet)

As man might know of God within his heart ,
so too of love he might profess to know.
Both are proclaimed, and bold assertions start
with damming those who say it isn’t so.

All men know lust which makes their manhood grow,
and urges them to act the part of fool,
and girls use lust by letting pretties show,
those being bust or thighs as general rule.

All know, not guess, excitement can be cruel
when wants unsatisfied leave body weak.
We know, once satisfied, that sex is cool
and less than union is a part-time tweak.

For lust alone it’s any pard we seek.
While love requires our faith be at a peak.

© Lawrencealot – October 21, 2012


Indonesian Sonnet

Indonesian Sonnet

This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines
Also referred to by him as  Indo-Chinese Double Dance
Generally Iambic Petameter
Volta at or following line 9
3 Quatrains + Couplet
Rhyme scheme: abab abab abab ab

Example Poem:

1166. Helen grew old

these wrinkles on my face I cannot hide.
my limbs are getting weaker by the day.
my eyes grow dimmer though they never cried.
my hair and crowning glory is now gray.

the beauty for which princes vowed and vied;
the beauty which fair Paris snatched away;
the beauty for which warriors dared and died:
like all that’s mortal undergoes decay.

can Penelope flaunt her secret pride
that Ulysses, for her, would madly slay?
although without her love he can’t abide,
there were just too few corpses on display.

but all is vain as time can’t be denied:
all beauty fades for we are made of clay.

— Jose Rizal M. Reyes
January 28, 2009G

My attempt

CYA Labels (Indonesian Sonnet)

“You could be a winner”, the package said,
“No purchase necessary.”  Ain’t that great?!
“Details inside”.  These thoughts went thru my head…
I’ll grab a few; for free there’s no debate.

A chainsaw file in box with text that pled,
“Don’t use while saw is running.”  Got that mate?
A mattress label warns, implying dread,
You should not swallow! (Something sure to sate.)

A box of matches warns, (Just guess ahead),
“Contents may catch fire.” Unexpected trait?
These notes don’t help and may confuse instead,
but all do serve, more humor to create.

“Shake well and buy often” can’t be misread.
Just consume more so product sales inflate.

© Lawrencealot – Oct. 21, 2012

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Note: The template shows that idealized stress.  Actually in S1L1, “winner” is a trochee substitution-  which is ok, by the way.


Four Epoch Sonnet

3 quatrains + couplet
Normally Iambic Pentameter
Rhyming pattern: abba cdcd efge hh
Volta after L9
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines

Example Poem:

Four  Epoch Sonneteer  (Four Epoch Sonnet)

In school in fifty-seven I learned rhyme;
and forced exposure taught me sonnets ruled.
That all had fourteen lines; so I was schooled.
and Shakespeare was the master for all time.

Near three score years had passed before I tried
again to master bard’s acknowledged sphere.
Then meter taunted me; I was defied
by multisyllabic words quite unclear.

At last, I grasped it, got the concept down.
I tried then linking sonnets together
with structure well defined, to tell a tale
worth telling.  I, at last. composed a crown.

A sonnet redouble’–now version five,
is ready; somehow I am still alive.

© Lawrencealot, October 17, 2012

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Fatima Stanza Sonnet

Rhyme scheme: abab bcbc cc cdcd
Meter: Consistent or iambic pentameter
Structure: Two quatrains followed by a couplet and a closing quatrain, pivot at line 9

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Fatima Stanza  Sonnet)

Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,
I ask that first you test your words alone.
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear
if anger stems from blunder of my own.

Retorts will make an argument full-blown.
Emotions can cause phrases to excite.
We might say words we later would disown.
We want to solve  a problem, not  to fight.

The calm approaches  help make troubles slight.
If I have blundered then I’ll be contrite.

Now here’s  the perfect  way  to  do  this  right.
To help achieve a problem solving state,
My love,  use  whispers  closely  late  tonight,
all goals are reached then embraced by your mate.

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English Sonnet

Also know as Shakespearian Sonnet because he wrote so many of them.
Iambic pentameter
Rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg
After the first eight lines, the theme or point of view should take a turn, a twist (known as a volta).
The final couplet should either summarize the theme of the poem, or give a completely fresh take on the theme.

My Example

Trees At Dusk (Revised)

Trees at Dawn

My solitude sequestered now for night,
the quiet grove of beech becalms the trail
as gentle breeze presages failing light.
The leaves now whisper to the flowers frail.
The flowers brightly colored purple hue
will fade each night when dust turns things to grey.
Tomorrow they’ll again present a view
and scent; renewing nature’s grand bouquet.

Young trees, wattles, used both for fence and fuel,
are shouting out to man, “Tis fertile here!”
Few reach good lumber size for settlers’ tool
or burn them, leaving fertile farmland clear.
Now, man re-forests lands preserving scenes
like this, for now we know just what it means.

Lawrence Eberhart – February 7, 2016

Echo Sonnet

A “new poetic form” created by Jeff Green is based on the Kyrielle sonnet,
like the Kyrielle sonnet it has 3 quatrains and a couplet all ending with the
same line  (or a similar developing line ending with the same rhyming word)
also like the Kyrielle sonnet the first line is also the
penultimate (second to last) line.
Unlike the KS however the poem is decasyllabic (ideally iambic pentameter)
and the rhyme scheme is a*bbA accA addA a*A.
a*, a and A lines all rhyme and a* and A lines are the repeating lines

Example Poem:
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Echo  Sonnet)
Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,
Is it essential now that blame be found;
will such proceed toward a common ground?
Remember, love makes anger disappear.
Harsh words once thrown will travel like a spear.
Delay such words, for they can surely wait.
Give time for impulse anger to abate.
Remember, love makes anger disappear.
Received in love the message will be clear.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you, honey; I will make it right.
Remember, love makes anger disappear.
Should you be moved to speak in anger dear
Remember, love makes anger disappear.
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Divino Sonnet – Divina Sonetto

This poetry form was presented by the part Italian poet Divena Collins. It follows the Italian 8/6 pattern, but her Scottish upbringing makes a statement with the sestet, with a much different tempo.

Rhyming pattern: aabb dccd eef egg

Example Poem:
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Divino  Sonnet)
A silence is most fine thing when irate.
Emotions can cause words to over state
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?
Are these first words intended to repair?
Unleashed, harsh words will travel like a spear.
It’s wise of you my dear, therefore, to wait,
for now, until your anger can abate.
If I have stumbled I’ll get straight, don’t fear.
There’s nothing risked delaying words that grate.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you, dearly; I will make it right.
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