Sonnets

I have a very dif­fi­cult time writ­ing son­nets. This would prob­a­bly ex­plain why I have on­ly writ­ten two. I don’t have much prob­lem with me­ter or rhyme, but its that damn iambic that sticks me each time. I’d be much more com­pe­tent writ­ing in dactylic pen­tame­ter or hexa­m­e­ter. I think I tend to speak in dactyls. I al­ways have trou­ble with con­tent. My sec­ond son­net [found be­low some­where] was bitch­in’ in its ini­tial free verse form. Perhaps the way I go about writ­ing them is my prob­lem. Once I get the idea I jot down the main the­me, us­ing the right words for what I’m think­ing of. My prob­lem lies in ex­e­cu­tion, be­cause most of those words won’t work in iambic pen­tame­ter. I al­so write my lines back­wards start­ing with the fifth foot [I’m con­fi­dent this has some­thing to do with the dactyl thinger].

Long be­fore I am fin­ished with the damn thing I can­not tell whether a line is cor­rect iambic pen­tame­ter or not. I’m just hap­py if it has ten syl­la­bles. I think I’ll write ten syl­la­ble rhyming son­nets for a while and then try to ease my­self in­to some sort of me­ter, most like­ly dactylic some­thingerother. The good thing about writ­ing son­nets is that you must make each word count. I still have too many chea­p­os in there, al­though some­times a prop­er­ly placed ‘this’ or ‘that’ can rock the par­ty.

Happy Hour Sonnet.

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