Beginning of the Line Rhymed Sonnet

Beginning of the Line Rhymed Sonnet: Write a 14 line sonnet.
Syllable count: ten per line or iambic pentameter.
Rhyme Scheme: a-a-b-b c-c-d-d e-e-f-f g-g.
First words in the line rhyme, not the end rhyme word

Beginning of the Line Rhymed Sonnet

Child Brides

Legal marriage laws overlooked. Some weddings
illegal, hidden because brides too young.
Some girls do not know what is happening.
numb to traditions taking away choice.
If un-bribable police do stop it,
stiff criminal arrests, family shame.
Secret weddings alter the girls’ futures.
Regret lingers in their burgeoning hearts.
Child marriage spans religion, language, caste.
Wild business transactions sell young girls.
Rape them first, settle debts, parents decide.
Escape from forced marriage! Let the girls grow!
Try to prevent child marriage. Some people
pry free rigid societies’ traditions.
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

My Example

Exhibition of Speed (Beginning of the Line Rhymed Sonnet)

I could have told you, had you only asked;
I would have mentioned carelessness would cost.
The pole was bent, the fence knocked down and yes,
the whole thing’s called an accident. Alas.
Not meaning to, (an absence of intent)
s’demeaning what that word should specify.
A feckless act defines an incident
A reckless deed ought be called only that.
He strove to prove his muscle car was hot;
and drove in loops when his control was faint.
He sped because the thrill excited him;
he fled be cause he feared a trip to jail.
When caught he’ll have to pay for what’s destroyed.
He ought to cheer! No people died tonight.

© Lawrecealot – March 4, 2015

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Beginning of the Line Rymed Sonnet

Slide Sonnet

The Slide Sonnet is created be Victoria Sutton aka “PassionsPromise.”  
Like most sonnets, it has 14 lines. 
It is composed with eight syllables to each line. 
The first half of the first line of each stanza “slides” 
to the last half of the third line, 
creating a unique poetic repetition.  
The rhyme scheme may be “aabb ccdd eeff gg” 
or “abab cdcd efef gg” or abba cddc effe gg”
Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Slide Sonnet)
If you should speak in anger, dear, 
first speak where only you can hear 
then speak softly if you should speak 
Good results come from this technique. 
If meaning’s clear, is message fair? 
Are words intended to repair, 
if so, they will if meaning’s clear 
for your goals are mine too my dear.
The words can wait, while anger cools 
and then converse when reason rules. 
I will be here, the words can wait.
You views I will appreciate. 
Use whispers closely late tonight. 
And honey I will make it right. 
aabb ccdd eeff gg  or abab cdcd efef gg or abba cddc effe gg
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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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Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet

From Venice Bard, the current remaining Welsh authority on Allpoetry. com.

It’s just 7 Cyhydedd Fer couplets (rimed 8-syllable lines).  I don’t consider it a ‘sonnet’ myself, but Ceridwens Soul (my beloved Celtic forms teacher, now awol) did.  I suppose the ‘turn’ is anywhere you want it to be.

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet)

If you should speak in anger, dear,
first speak where only you can hear
If meaning’s clear, is message fair?
Are words intended to repair,
and will they guide toward common ground?
Is blame essential to be found?
The words can wait, while anger cools
and then converse when reason rules.
If I’ve done something that you hate,
advise me, but the words can wait.
You know I’ll move to make amends,
because I love you and we’re friends.
Use whispers closely late tonight.
And honey, I will make it right.

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Cross Sonnet

The Cross Sonnet was created by  Victoria Sutton aka “PassionsPromise.”
It is composed with eight syllables to each line.
The first four syllable of line #1, becomes the last four syllables of Line #4
in each of the quatrains.
The rhyme scheme may be aabb ccdd eeff gg or abab cdcd efef gg

Sample Poem:

Yes Virginia, There Is (Cross Sonnet)

I love you though you believe not.
Your demons say that love is naught
Your reality cries out, “No,
you don’t love me”; I love you though.

Your wounds are deep and I can’t aid
because your past makes you afraid
I’ll make promises I’ll not keep.
You reject all; your wounds are deep

It just piles on when trust is gone.
When every out-reach seems a con
Twilight denies there’s any dawn.
I can not help; It just piles on

Yet from the stars, way past the moon.
will flow a tranquil peace real soon.

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Couplet Sonnet

he Couplet Sonnet is as its name implies a sonnet made up of couplets. This verse form was found at Poetry Base. I am pretty sure this is a recently invented form however it could be a variation of the Clare Sonnet or the Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet or the other way around.

The defining features of the Couplet Sonnet are:
• a quatorzain is made up 7 heroic couplets.
• metered, iambic pentameter.
• rhymed aa bb cc dd ee ff gg.
• composed with a pivot placed at the poet’s discretion.

As sample poem.

This topic did not fit this form well, and I subsequently rewrote the poem as
a Spensarian Sonnet, but here was the attempt.


I knew I belonged when you held out your hands.
There are such things a puppy understands.

I leaped to you and nuzzled right away.
Adopting you was puppies goal that day.

Almost as quickly you connected too.
That day this pup adopted mainly you.

I loved the tricks you taught and the games we’d play,
like tug-a-war and chase-ball everyday.

When you’d go to bed, I’d lie on your chest.
I’d see your smile, then I would like it best.

One day though you remained cold in your bed.
I knew that you were gone- that you were dead.

It won’t be long, for I’m an old dog too,
before my time is up and I’m with you.

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Clare Sonnet

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.

Sample Poem:

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.

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