Dyslexic tales · Masters tales

Sonnets and rhyming

24th October 2012
Rhyming – the bane of my life… Sometimes I can barely find the right word let alone get the thing to rhyme with its neighbour. So it was with a heavy heart I went into the Sonnet lesson, but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed myself. Now I’m not saying I am a poet, especially a sonnet writing one, but I found the lesson interesting and good fun.

We were a little light on numbers – suggesting a few people had decided not to turn up, but I’m glad I did. Did you know that a sonnet has 14 lines and that after line 8 you have to put a twist in, like a cliffhanger. Although your twist can just be a shift from first person to third person or the other way round. Up until this lesson I didn’t know that modern sonnets were being written but Samantha showed us a poem by Amanda Dalton ‘Cut Off’ – and I was hooked. Perhaps not in writing them; my attempt at sonnet rhymes – be and see, lines and signs, are hardly excellent couplings, but in reading them… yes I think I could definitely become a fan.

So I have had a go at a Shakespearean sonnet and am awaiting the verdict from the tutor. I don’t think it will stand up to my prose but it was good fun.

One tip – write a sonnet in company so you can have a giggle over dum de dum de dum (iambic pentameter) and the rhymes that you can think of that are totally unusable… What rhymes with demands?

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