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Writing a Sonnet

May 20, 2012
By KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

I do not know how to write a sonnet
It is a pleasure which I have not had
Oh, I don’t think that I will win this bet
If I give up I may be rather glad

You have to rhyme and have ten syllables
And have an iambic pentameter
As well as not sound too artificial
Likewise, make sure you are not a quitter

Make sure you know of those endless hours
Which writing it will take, to make good drafts
But if you don’t succeed, then you may scour
The page, a symbol of the writer’s crafts

Though writing a sonnet is very hard
With practice, you too can become a bard

The author's comments:
Well, I had tried writing sonnets before, but they didn't have all of the characteristics, and I was having trouble. Then, the lines for this sonnet started coming to me, and I decided to write it down.

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