Friday, August 5, 2016

I'm A Sonnet, And I Don't Even...

by Michael Seese

Hmmm.  I'll have to think about how to finish that rhyme. But it should be no problem, now that I am recognized sonnet writer.

I've always enjoyed writing a variety of forms. Novels. Short stories. Flash fiction. Non-fiction. Poetry. 

Simple poems are easy to write. But in case you've forgotten your high school English lessons, sonnets are complex. 

- They have to be in iambic pentameter.
- They utilize a specific rhyme scheme, which varies slightly based on the "flavor." For example, the Petrarchan follows the pattern abab abab cde cde; many Shakespearean use abab cdcd efef gg

Several times now I have submitted a sonnet or three to the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, which is sponsored by the folks who bring us The Great River Shakespeare Festival. (My wife and I will definitely have to drag the kids to that some time.) 

To this point, nada.

Well, I am proud to be able to finally say I am among the champions. My entry, "The Honeymoon" was named one of the winners! To bring myself down to earth a bit, it was a Laureates' Choice, which means, not the big Kahuna. Still...

OK, enough gushing about myself. Time to come up with a word that rhymes with "sonnet."

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