Double Trouble Sonnet

Double-Trouble Sonnet: 14 lines of rhymed couplets. The beginning and end of
the lines rhyme. Rhyme Scheme:
st stanza a-b, a-b, c-d, c-d
nd stanza e-f e-f g-h g-h
rd stanza i-j i-j k-l k-l
th stanza m-n m-n

Double-Trouble Sonnet

Grandparents’ Dilemma

Waiting to see what grandchildren choose
sating their dreams, wanting not to lose
watching their decisions, seeing their choices
catching the desires in their voices
Grandpa listens and engages in play
Grandma hears and considers a way
wondering what we will be asked to do
pondering how to help them through
When do you advise or intervene?
Then are you the selected go-between?
How do grandparents perform their role?
Now we think– console or patrol?
What do we do when we get involved?
But to dig in and work until problem solved.
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.


While Linda (the creator of this form) rhymed the first syllable of every line,
I believe also rhyming the first foot, is consistent with her idea.
By doing so one is able to use iambic pentameter without any foot substitution as I have in my example below.

My example

Mice in the Walls (Double Trouble Sonnet)

The phones quit till my father made a splice.
“Who owns this house,” he yelled, “It’s not the mice.”
Our house was warmer than it was outside
One mouse chewed through the wall and came inside!
That boon was advertised to large and small,
and soon our walls could never hold them all.
Dad patched the holes he found with Brillo pad
o’re thatched with poisoned plaster – cus he’s mad.
He slapped a trap in every room and hall
The  traps all snapped but never caught them all.
We live trapped bunches of them every night,
when five to ten took after scents delight.
At last the only mice that were not gone
were mashed beneath the chair mat we’d rolled on.

© Lawrencealot – March 9, 2015

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Double Trouble Sonnet


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

Princess Sonnet

This form was invented by Allan R. Emery, aka Joe King on Allpoetry.
“The same as any Sonnet form as far as syllable count and end rhymes. The difference is that the rhyme is reversed for the first syllable (or syllables) of each line.
For example: An English sonnet is abab cdcd efef gg so in an English Princess Sonnet the beginning rhyme would be reversed: baba dcdc fefe gg (or hh, as you can use a new beginning rhyme for the couplet if you wish) where the couplet would begin and end with a rhyming syllable (or multiple syllables if you can pull it off).
An Italian sonnet would have an end rhyme of: abba abba cdecde, which would mean the start rhyme for an Italian Princess Sonnet would be baab baab edcedc (or baab baab efcefc). This will give the sonnet a cascading quality when read aloud. Often a rhyme will repeat as it ends one line and begins the next. Other times the two end rhymes of a quatrain will be next to one another as well, with one ending one line and the other beginning the next. Done with forethought, it will not be apparent that the sonnet is any different except to a very disciplined eye or ear. Yet, the rhythm and intonation that doubling the number of rhymes in a sonnet creates unquestionably makes the sonnet more like a song.
With this, An English Sonnet with a beginning rhyme is an English Princess Sonnet. An Italian Sonnet with a beginning rhyme becomes and Italian Princess Sonnet. Etc. If you wish, you can have the same rhyme begin and end each line, which would be a Mirrored English Princess Sonnet, etc.”
***** Notice that you can use 2, 3, or 4 syllable rhymes if you can pull them off. However, the most interesting would be the first syllable of the start rhyme and the last syllable of the end rhyme, hence: ‘Mental’ as a first rhyme would rhyme with ‘detriment’ as an end rhyme.****
Visual Template for English Version of Princess Sonnet,
with both front-rhyme options shown.
Visual Template for Italian version of Princess Sonnet