Scupham Sonnet

Isosyllabic quatrain consisting of two  Scupham stanzas (sextets) followed by a couplet
Metered: Iambic Pentamter
Rhymed: abccba deffed gg
My thanks to Bob Newman at Volecentral for this information, his site is a wonderful resource.
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder at Poetry Magnus, another wonderful resource.
  • The Scupham Sonnet is noted at Vol Central as not a “proper” sonnet, probably because of the lack of prescribed pivot. It was created by British poet Peter Scupham and uses the Scupham Stanza.The Scupham Sonnet is:
    • a quatorzain made up of 2 Schupham stanzas (sixains) followed by a rhymed couplet.
    • metered, iambic pentameter.
    • rhymed, scheme abccba deffed gg.
    • no prescribed place for a pivot but most good poetry naturally has a pivot or turn someplace within the poem.
  • The Scupham Stanza is a sixain used in the Scupham Sonnet but which could be stand-alone poem or written in any number. It was created by British poet, Peter Scupham and is found at Vol Central.The Scupham stanza is:
    • stanzaic, written in any number of sixains.
    • metered or not at the discretion of the poet. (When using it in a sonnet, in deference to the form, iambic pentameter would be my choice.)
    • rhymed, scheme abccba.
My Thanks to Jodi Van Gorder for the wonderful PMO resource.
Scupham sonnet
Peter Scupham likes abccba stanzas. Two of these plus a rhyming couplet make something very like a sonnet. This is not a “proper” sonnet, strictly speaking, but I think of it as a Scupham Sonnet. (This is not a standard name).
Example Poem
Not to Be Relinquished    (Scupham Sonnet)
Your loveliness and charm have made you sought
by big on campus  types and by most all.
Since every blooming guy’s asked you to dance,
I wondered how I’d ever have a chance.
I’ve secretly been subject to your thrall
if we don’t dance this day has been for naught.
I watched and waited most content, engrossed.
by seeing others shining in your light.
Uplifting, kind response to all you’d meet
I meet you as you return towards your seat.
I mumbled “Hi, we haven’t danced tonight.
“The timing’s right, just two more tunes at most,”
you said, and offered me your arm and hand.
We left together,  just as she had planned.
© Lawrencealot – November 8, 2013
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Balanced Sonnet

Stanzaic:             2 septets (seven-line stanzas)
Meter:                  Iambic pentameter
Volta                    Not specified.
Rhyme Scheme:  ababcbc ededfef
Primary Sources –
Balanced sonnet/California rhyme scheme
Barbara Dilworth has devised a form she calls the balanced sonnet, or the California rhyming scheme. The rhyming scheme is ababcbc dedefef. This splits the 14 lines up into two 7-line sections, each with the same rhyming scheme. A purist would say that … this wasn’t a proper sonnet, because it doesn’t have the obligatory 8/6 split.
My thanks to Bob Newman at Volecentral for this information, his site is a wonderful resource.
  • The Balanced Sonnet is noted as not a sonnet because it doesn’t use the octave-sestet sonnet pattern but then technically neither does theShakespearean sonnet. So as long as the poem sings in 14 lines with a pivot or turn somewhere within, I think one could call it a sonnet. This form was created by Barbara Dilworth.The Balanced Sonnet is:
rhymed, rhyme scheme ababcbc dedefdf.
  • no placement of pivot prescribed.
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder at Poetry Magnus, another wonderful resource.
Example Poem
Not to Be Relinquished     (Balanced Sonnet)
Since every guy was asking you to dance,
including jocks and handsome wealthy guys,
I never thought that I would stand a chance
to hold you close and gaze into your eyes.
Your image captivates me through the day
and often I may think of you with sighs,
remembering you face and gentle sway.
You are so kind to everyone you meet
that peacefulness is anywhere you stand.
Compelled, I wandered near your vacant seat;
as you approached I just held out my hand
and mumbled “Hi!”, before the last note struck;
Your acquiescence made the day complete,
You stayed with me, those guys were out of luck.
© Lawrencealot – November 7, 2013
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Teddybard Sonnet

This is a sonnet form invented by Teddybard of Allpoetry.

It is identified by the Rhyme Pattern: aaaabbccddeeff

Normal sonnet attributes apply.

Example Poem

Not to be Relinquished

Since every guy asked you to dance
I never thought I’d have a chance
to even profit from your glance,
much less to entertain romance.
I thought about you every day
your face, your hair, your gentle sway,
your kind response to all you’d meet,
your gentle voice which sweet.

I’d wandered near your vacant chair
and when your partner brought you there
I mumbled “Hi!” held out my hand
I hadn’t waited for the band.

In your warm arms I felt befriended.
We danced on when music ended.

© Lawrencealot – October 1, 2013

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Weaver’s Sonnet

This is a sonnet form first created by Tim Weaver, aka Poeticweaver on Allpoety
The form may be penned in the meter of the poet’s choice
although iambic tetrameter is the original choice.
The defining characteristic is the rhyme pattern: aabb cdcd efef gg
The sonnet may be written with no volta but is one is chosen
it should take place at line 5 or line 13.
Death Never Splits True Love Apart
There comes a time we lose our grace
Wilted flowers in faded vase
No-one can ever take love’s place
One last embrace to plead my case
Love climbs and crumbles all the time
Though with each verse reveals the cold
Weavers of words inscribe each line
Though love divine seeks never gold
I hear your cries after I breathe
Though death has taken hold of two
There’s no true love that can deceive
So know I’m grateful I found you
Rags to bareness, with crooked spine
My lover friend your soul’s divine
© Poeticweaver – September, 2013
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South African Quilt

This is a form invented by Angela Jacobs,  it was, as I understand her very first sonnet written.
It is defined by the Rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd efg efg
It is presumed that the poet has the choice of meter and line-length.
The volta should occur at or beyond line 9.
Example Poem
 I Loved a Nymph     (South African Quilt)
Most every man believes he wants a maid
whose nymphomania is just displayed
when he and she are intertwined in lust,
and is has shapely form and ample bust.
I found just such a nymphet, by the way,
and we conjoined at least four times a day.
Had I an independent source of wealth
the exercise would have sustained my health.
But should your work or schooling make demands
you must then measure well your final aim,
for her own needs can not take second place.
She will find all attention she commands
there is no lack of guys to play her games.
so you must steel yourself to share with grace.
© Lawrencealot – September 29, 2013
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Countess’ Grief 1

This form was named by Jose Rizal M. Reyes
It consists of three quatrains and a couplet, but the couplet itself
does not rhyme. 
The Rhyme scheme is:  abba cddc eefg gf
Example Poem
My poet never lets me run and play 
and crash and boom and flash the room and flirt. 
“Wear this! “, he says, and not the mini-skirt. 
“A sonnet form?  No take that thing away. 

You say you won’t undress me like your whore. 
I want to tease and titillate, you jerk 
this rigid form I will not wear to work! 
I won’t set one small iamb out that door.” 

“Look you most silly filly of a verse, 
I could wrap your fine curves in something worse-  
a double dactyl or a free verse cough. 
Try this, for me today and make me proud, 

if you do that, tonight you’ll be allowed 
to loosen this, or maybe take it off. “

© Lawrencealot – September 20, 2013
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A sonnet form invented by Ruth Poteet aka Reason on Allpoetry
A variation on a variattion of a Keats Sonnet.
10 syllables
Four tercets plus a couplet
Rhymed: aaa bbb ccc ddd ee
Example Poem
Social Engineering     (Reasonnet)
Now every day you make me break the ice.
I wouldn’t mind if you’d just ask me nice.
Instead you merely yak and give advice.
“Who made me your undocumented fool,
and set me up as your ice-breaking tool?”
I just decided to revoke that rule.
Of course we want to search for our next meal
yet all my stomping may attract a seal.
you say, “So what? That’s not a biggy deal.”
This method causes quickly, a commotion.
I backslap you with one nice friendly motion
and voila! there’s our entry to the ocean.
I found my solution to be quite neat.
It’s quicker than my using my two feet.
© Lawrencealot – June 1, 2013
This was a picture prompt contest entry.
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PGMA Sonnet

The PGMA Sonnet was invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes
on January 28, 2009 name in honor of:
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (born April 5, 1947) is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga. She was the country’s second female president (after Corazón Aquino), and the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal.
Noted: 12/23/12
rhyming pattern: abba abba cddc dd
Example Sonnet
California Grows Nevada     (PGMA Sonnet)
When California raised the rate at which
it taxes the “rich” it assured one thing.
In Nevada cash registers will ring.
The small businesses won’t just stay and bitch.
Some are bound to stay; many though will switch
to states nearby where taxes have less sting.
These states will see a relative upswing.
Increasing taxes simply won’t enrich.
Thanks Wilson, for a few more jobs right here
in Nevada, it’s appreciated.
Though Dems seem to think it’s complicated,
it’s really not, to me it is quite clear.
When their quest to tax is finally sated
We could end-up overpopulated.
     © Lawrencealot – December 23, 2012

Storm Sonnet

This is a sonnet form created by Mark A. Whittington-Buckley, aka Stormy22 on Allpoetry.
This is a stanzaic sonnet consisting of 3 quatrains and a couplet
The rhyme pattern is abccdeffghiijj
It is normally written in iambic pentameter
But the poet may choose trochaic , (the poet may also choose to pen in tetrameter)
The volta or turn is to occur at or following line 9.Example Poem

We’ve Been Big-Bangwashed (Storm Sonnet )

When theories become so manifest
To question is to don the dunces cap,
the cliques and guilds are apt to take offense
at any view, to them not making sense.

Advanced math models beyond reason’s realm
with black unknowns “prove” model is correct.
The Big old Bang promoted as though law
is theory, and now we’ve found a flaw.

When Hubble posited the universe
expands, deduce from Doppler measurements
now known to scientists as the red-shift
it “proved” the model was their greatest gift.

But now clear thinking folks have found indeed,
that other forces add to red-shift speed.

© Lawrencealot – February 24, 2012

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Stefanile Triadic Sonnet

An American Sonnet form which divides into 3 sections with a central Octave.

Form Type: Metrical
Origins: American
Creator: Felix Stefanile
Number of Lines: 14
Rhyme Scheme: a,b,a-b,c,c,d,b,b,d,e-f,e,f
Meter: Iambic Pentameter

1. The form divides into three sections. There should be no enjambment over these sections. They are as follows:

a) The first part is a triplet which ryhmes a,b,a. This section sets the theme for the content of the sonnet and is formed as a statement.
b) The second section is an octave rhyming b,c,c,d,b,b,d,e this elborates on the theme and enhances it.
c) The final triplet rhymes f,e,f. This provides the resolution of the sonnet in a similar fashion to the final couplet in a Shakespearian Sonnet.

2. The poem should be constructed using Iambic Pentameter.

Example Poem


I don’t have noises dancing through my head
as other people attest that they do
except sometimes when I’m ensconced in bed.
My schemes to find the perfect girl to wed,
or fights to right the wrongs of city woes,
or dramas brought while teenage daughter grows
are now behind me.  Can’t believe the peace
I live in now, just plan a bit ahead.
The mental noise begins when I’m in bed.
It’s fun sometimes, and sometimes just won’t cease.
The static’s streaming from my muse somewhere.
I grab one random thought and get on it.
Forsake the bed (retired, it’s always there.)
and try to write a Triadic sonnet.
© Lawrencealot – January 21, 2013
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