Germanic Sonnet

Germanic Sonnet
Generally Iambic Petameter
Volta at or following line 9
Octet + Sestet
Rhyme scheme: abbabccb cddcdd

This is a presentation invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines, however the Germanic Sonnet, I found after posting this has been around for hundreds of years and is not new. Volta is typically at line 9, but could be at line 12, too.

The traditional Germanic Sonnet has a rhyme scheme of:

.. a. b. b. a. . . b. c. c. b. . . c. d. d. . . c. d. d.
I do not believe presenting the tercets as a sestet should qualify this as a new form.

Example Poem:

Straight Talk Volta (Germanic Sonnet)

Didactic poems can be used to teach.
An autologic poem may espouse
itself, defining what its form allows.
And either type can be set forth to preach.
They usually show the wheres and hows.
A sonnets heart, (the volta or the turn)
is not a trick that manual writers learn.
So what’s a poet faced with to arouse?

Well, stop and tell the whys that you discern
once you’ve instructed well.  A twist is made,
the sonnet sighs, stands tall, and you’ve not strayed
from form.  You may if need ‘ere you adjourn
return to central theme, a point delayed,
for emphasis; and beautifully displayed.

© Lawrencealot, Oct. 17, 2012

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Four Kings Sonnet

Rhyme Scheme:  abbaabba abbaab
Invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines
Iambic Pentameter
Volta Line 9 or beyond

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Four Kings Sonnet)

A silence is most fine thing when irate.
Emotions can cause phrases to excite.
We want to solve a problem, not to fight.
It’s wise of you my dear, therefore, to wait,
re-think the message goal and contemplate
for calm approaches help make troubles slight.
If I have blundered then I’ll be contrite.
With cause to pause and think, I shall relate.

Avoid harsh words almost assured to grate,
I’ll want to help resolve most any plight.
Now here’s the perfect way to do this right.
To help achieve a problem solving state
remember dear, I am your loving mate.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.

© Lawrencealot of AllPoetry, Oct. 10, 2012

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Envelope Sonnet

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Isosyllabic, Pivot Requirement

Rhyme scheme:
abbacddc efgefg or
abbacddc efefef

Pivot: Between 8 and 9
Meter: In English  usually Iambic Pentameter.

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Envelope Sonnet)

Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,
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?
Is it essential now that blame be found;
will such proceed toward a common ground?
Are these first words intended to repair?

Perhaps, the words should simply disappear
for now, until your anger can abate.
Let’s lie together in our bed tonight
If I have stumbled I’ll get straight, don’t fear.
I’ll listen, think, and I’ll appreciate.
Speak whispers to me love, I’ll make it right.

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Dutch Sonnet

Dutch Sonnet
This poetry form was presented by Dutch poet Leny Roovers. It is a unique form in that almost follows the Italian 8/6 pattern, but makes a statement with a sestet, and then pauses for thought with a couplet, and then like the Italian finishes with another sestet statement but of a much different tempo. Here is the pattern;

Rhyme Pattern: ababaacc dedfgf

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Dutch  Sonnet)

A silence is most  fine  thing  when irate.
Emotions can  cause  phrases to  excite.
It’s wise  of  you  my dear, therefore to wait,
we want  to  solve  a  problem,  not to fight.
For now, until your anger can abate,
avoid harsh words almost assured to  grate.
Yourr calm  approaches help make troubles  slight.
If  I  have  blundered  then  I’ll  be  contrite.
So hold those words for later; don’t despair
A resolution we will find that works.
I’ll listen to your words- you know I’m fair.
Now  here’s  the perfect  way to  do  this  right.
I’m your husband, and want to work with you
my love, use whispers closely late tonight.

© Larry Eberhart, aka Lawrencealot,  Oct. 11, 2012

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