January 13, 2013 by phicks2012
I love sonnets!! They’re short and sweet, but long enough to make a point or to fill a page in my newsletter (booklet format), and easy to write. At present, I’m trying to create poems in a variety of structured verse forms — not only to be versatile, but also to learn, and to challenge myself. I don’t do free verse, and only rarely blank verse, but there are many, many structured forms, each with its own rules for rhyme and meter, and I want to experiment with as many as possible. However, sonnets are still a favorite form, both Shakespearian and Petrarchan/Italian, and I’ve been writing them for years.
The following is an Italian Sonnet written back in 2005 (at least partially for inclusion in my newsletter), the subjct being the creation of love sonnets. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Sonnet No. 16
Take up the plume that inked doeth keenly scribe
Upon indifferent parchment doting lines
Of love unvarying that ne’er declines
Nor fails the test. Pen verses to describe
How beats the heart which doeth by will imbibe
Fair love’s sweet effervescent wines,
From gently nurtured and unfailing vines.
Those words in simple surety inscribe.
By love’s bright candle let the phrases gleam
Upon that parchment, otherwise bereft
Of aught but faultless texture, and impart
How deeply stirs the blood at faintest dream
Of honeyed mouth or hand so softly deft.
For sonnets speak the language of the heart.
[April 24th, 2005]