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Craft of Poetry: Meter, Rhyme, & Form

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Scott Engholm

on 14 September 2015

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Transcript of Craft of Poetry: Meter, Rhyme, & Form

So you wanna be an English Renaissance sonneteer?
THE CRAFT OF POETRY:
METER, RHYME, & FORM
or
Write a story about a moment from your life, like:

An early moment when you were very afraid.
An early moment when you were very proud.
An early moment when you overcame a challenge.
An early moment of victory or defeat.
An early moment of sadness or joy.
Describe two THINGS from your story:

An object that represents it or is necessary to it.
A person who matters to it or is a part of it.
Condense the descriptions into one sentence

USE NO MORE THAN
FIVE
SENTENCES TO TELL YOUR STORY.
USE NO MORE THAN
FIVE
SENTENCES PER DESCRIPTION.
Condense your story into two sentences.

Turn the descriptions into two English sonnet quatrains:

Four lines.
Rhymed
abab
.
Iambic pentameter.
daDUH daDUH daDUH daDUH daDUH
Turn the story into one English sonnet quatrain & one English sonnet couplet:

Four lines.
Rhymed
abab
.
Iambic pentameter.
Two lines.
Rhymed
aa
.
Iambic pentameter.
daDUH daDUH daDUH daDUH daDUH
daDUH daDUH daDUH daDUH daDUH
QUATRAIN
COUPLET
Put it all together and recite, you Sonneteer you!
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