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Petrachan Sonnet

Contest Judged:  4/16/2018 12:00:00 AM
Sponsored by: craig cornish | Send Soup Mail
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Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............Spring

Be original without cliche's and artful about wishing/hoping/expecting etc. for its arrival--or none of the above but make spring your muse in some way. Please be as unpredictable as possible because I don't like knowing the next line before I read it. Please do not use the Poetry Soup example of Italian Sonnet because you will surely finish last--it's terrible as many of the examples are. Use the following rules as your guideline.

An Italian/Petrarchan Sonnet is written in a rhyme scheme of;
(first 8 lines) abbaabba

(next 6 lines) cdccdc or cdecde

If you wish you may refer to my Iltalian sonnet D Day, which was written with cdccdc for the sestet or Juliet, which was written using cdecde. I will be expecting the more common traditional presentation of iambic pentameter but a syllable here or there within reason for artistic affect is okay. Also, I am not one, nor were the traditionalists, who demands EXACT rhyme, because I think it inhibits creativity. I do, however, expect close rhyme. Remember that syllables have nothing to do with metric feet so if you write 10 syllables without using ianb meter it means nothing here. Please heed the following.

Do not use archaic words like thee - thou etc.

Use a volta (a twist around line 9 that leads the final tercet to becoming a resolution to the proposition presented in the first 8 lines)

PLEASE DO NOT CENTER YOUR POEM! Not my faverite thing.

As the pool sign says- no running, jumping,diving. eating--have fun lol

Hey, there are plenty of "easy" contests--this is not one of them.

Love and Hugs



Preparing Your Entry

Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations or fancy fonts. 

English Language

Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

A Note to Poetry Contestants

You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests.