READ CAREFULLY, PLEASE
Write me a CONTEMPORARY CROWN OF SONNETS FOLLOWING THE RULES BELOW. If you TRY to follow the rules, I will award you a 1st to 3rd placement GUARANTEED. All those who try, repeat, TRY to write a CONTEMPORARY crown will receive a 1-3 placement.
THEME: CHOOSE ANY ONE OF THESE MOVIE/BOOKS – SOMETHING SHOULD SPARK SOME INTEREST. See hints below. It is easier than you think!!!!
1) To kill a Mocking Bird
4) The War of the Worlds
5) Jane Eyre
6) The Diary of Anne Frank
7) Any James Bond Movie and/or Book
8) Hunger Games
9) Harry Potter
11) In the Heat of the Night
12) Interview with a Vampire
13) The Notebook
14) The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe
15) The Good, the Bad and The Ugly
16) The Da Vinci Code
17) The Hobbit
18) Fahrenheit 451
19) The Color Purple
20) I, Robot
21) Practical Magic
23) Black Beauty
24) Steel Magnolias
26) Watership Down
27) Shawshank Redemption
28) Forest Gump
29) The Bridges of Madison County
30) The hunt for Red October
31) The Children of Men
32) The Amityville Horror
33) Doctor Zhivago
34) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
35) Any of the Star Wars books/movies
Some of you may have tried your hand at Debbie’s crown of sonnets… such a difficult task as the story was unknown, developed painstakingly from poet to poet and a large focus of that workshop was on meter and syllable count, as should be for the older classic crowns. A standing ovation to all who participated. Well done! Feel proud and walk tall!
However, the contemporary crown allows for freer flow of lines, it is STRESS/free (pun very much intended) and is not in the least prissy about syllable counts.. counts can range, somewhere usually between 9 and 11 syllables per line, but I’ve read a few 8 and 13s, too.
A crown is built of seven sonnets, 98 lines. The last line of the first sonnet becomes the first line of the second and on and on. The last line of the seventh sonnet is the first line of the first sonnet so it comes full circle.
So……. Helpful hints on writing a CONTEMPORARY crown.
1) Write YOUR first line knowing it will be YOUR last line, too. What are you trying to say?
Sometimes, the first line can be the start of a case you are making for something or about someone, then the last line becomes the ‘closing argument’. Okay, say, you were writing about Marilyn Monroe… you start with her transformation from Norma Jean into the iconic blond bombshell… we would end with her death, right? So how would we begin and end so it comes full circle? An image?
“Posing nude on satin, farewell Norma Jean”
First stanza- her spread in playboy, becoming Marilyn
Last stanza- her tragic death, found nude in bed
2) Make notes … form a plan, a blueprint (this will make it easier! PROMISE!)
If I was to write a crown for the Wizard of Oz this would be my blueprint
Sonnet 1 --- intro to characters, setting, conflict with Ms Gulch, running away
Sonnet 2- -- the twister, finding herself over the rainbow, dead witch
Sonnet 3- -- ruby slippers & good fairy, munchkins, yellow brick road, scarecrow
Sonnet 4--- the tin man, the lion, the forest, apples, scarecrow on fire
Sonnet 5--- poppy fields, snow, Emerald City, Meet Oz, Get the witch broom
Sonnet 6 --- Flying monkeys, saving Dorothy, Witch Melts, heart, brain, courage
Sonnet 7 – she returns home, sees everyone she loves, there is no place like home
Now, you have a blueprint.. you can see where you’re going and how you want to get there…
RULES THIS TIME. PLENTY. REMEMBER WIN IS GUARANTEED IF THESE ARE FOLLOWED.
1)Poem should contain metaphoric and figurative language. Stretch yourself. I would like to see layers in your writing.
2)Crown must flow, carry the theme forward
3)Remember to keep the language relevant to today.
4)No forced rhymes, don’t turn a phrase into a mangled, senseless mess just to keep rhyme…
5)Few, if any, perfect rhymes.. boring. I DO NOT WANT to see blue rhyme with true. Gimme blue/mood blue/skewer… There are off rhymes, near rhymes, slant rhymes, eye rhymes… here you go
7)Avoid overuse of monosyllables. Very yesterday. Never dumb-down!
8)No static syllable count, flow is paramount. Do not end stop each line with punctuation, use enjambment. End thoughts midline. If I see that every line has 10 syllables it will be placed third. It means you were counting fingers and/or thinking metrically. Focusing on that area will ONLY diminish the contemporary style. Loosen up, buttercup. Move with the times. I even get a whiff of meter.. it will place third.
9)Use modifiers where needed
YES! THIS IS A SWEAT FEST. But lovely all the same.
PS—willing to give help to those who ask. But this is your work! Yours to edit, if you choose…. or not.
You can do this! It’ll be like one of those 30 oz steak challenges … I just don’t have the T-shirt to give you… hmmmm… or maybe I should make one? LOL!