About Poetry And The Sonnet

Poetry And The Sonnet is the title of my latest poem submitted to the 12 Poems in 12 Months challenge that I am participating in. This months prompt – Write a Sonnet. Now I’m always up for a challenge, but I didn’t enjoy this one. It got me hating poetry, which I never thought would happen. I am a native English speaker, but seem to be tone deaf when it comes to stressed and unstressed syllables to get the iambic pentameter thing right. For those that don’t know that is 10 syllables per line with alternating syllables unstressed and then stressed. I confess I spent an inordinate amount of time on the dictionary website. They show the stresses for words with more than 1 syllable. I’m not sure how the 1 syllable ones work. Anyhow, I will share the result in a day or 2, but in the meantime this is what I wrote about how I feel about the experience. So maybe I’m not a real poet, or I’m just a modern version. My kids would laugh at that one, because they – more so the teenager – refer to me as old. I’m middle aged in case you’re wondering. But I also thought my parents were always old.


Ask me not to wax lyrical in iambic p
For that is not the language that I speak
Wherefore then can I call myself poetic
Perhaps I call something that is not so
But still I write the verse that is me
Free like my spirit, unencumbered by rule
I choose that which I wish to follow
None so they ferret my creativity away
But some, so as to challenge my talent
That it may learn and develop
That I call myself a better poet

Debbie Gravett © 2019.04.03

Image by sajfolio from Pixabay

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