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Send a Sonnet September is back! Let's give this a go, people!

Send a Sonnet September was created as a gateway drug for giving unconditionally. Why do we have to have days like Valentine's Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving (for you 'Mericans) where we save our celebrations for the people that we care about and not just give them love every day? Why do we need a certain day or occasion to say that you love someone? I don't get it and I feel that this challenge can help to bridge that thinking. So here we go.

Send a Sonnet September is a form challenge that focuses on other people. You get to choose a style of sonnet and send it/direct it towards someone that you like/care about/love/admire or just someone that you believe deserves some love.

The rules are simple.

:heart: Choose a sonnet and note us with your deviation.
:heart: Make sure that you link this journal in your artist's comments and also mention the person you are directing it to and the sonnet type.
:heart: Have a wonderful time creating for the pure joy of giving.
:heart: Couldn't hurt to put a thumb of your gift on that person's page :)


Shakespearean Sonnet

The style created by William Shakespeare, this is the most commonly written and known of all sonnet styles. It features 3 quatrains and a couplet with the rhyme scheme abab/cdcd/efef/gg respectively. This is done in iambic pentameter.

Sonnet: Angels ForgetMoonbeam silhouettes fall across the ground
as the wind begins its lone lullaby
and handfuls of leaves scatter all around
while beneath the clouds, she begins to cry.
She crawls on her knees, skin scraped and red-raw
with branches and bugs caught up in her hair;
high overhead, a crow lets loose a caw
and she wishes her protection was there.
She has blood on her hands, tears in her eyes,
and an ache in her chest she can't heal,
and she screams at the sky, "I'm sick of your lies!
I want to find the safety I can feel."

But as her tears fall, she knows she was wrong;
sometimes, even angels forget to hold on.


Spenserian Sonnet

This sonnet was created and named after the English poet Edmund Spenser. It features 14 lines also but the rhyme scheme is different. It is ababbcbccdcdee or abab/bcbc/cdcd/ee. This form strictly adheres to the use of iambic pentameter.

Sonnet 1I never did think the sun that shone bright
would set so soon over that distant land;
he was once there showering me with light
and always lent to me a helping hand.
My riant, dreamless life now turned to sand,
I ne’er thought there could be some other way
I would be able to forever band
with another man in a distant day.
Yet I know this as not truth ‘cause I say
my eyes have been turned towards the cold sky,
where the sun did travel every day,
and they now behold a desired tie;
feast your eyes upon the beautiful moon
whose cool radiance is a lovely boon.


Petrarchan Sonnet

This is commonly known as the Italian sonnet and it employs a similar structural technique as the sedoka does in Japanese poetry in that it has two separate parts: A problem or proposition and a resolution or answer. The first half or octave is two quatrains with the rhyme scheme abba/abba and the resolution is a sestet or two tercets  which can be cde/cde or cdc/cdc or even cdc/dcd. This one is strictly iambic pentameter.

sonnet confessionalnear four decades past, when i was a boy,
i began to hear muse's siren song.
though into the word sea i plunged head-long,
strange fish swam there which i strove to avoid;
fam'lies and orders of classical styles,
each rigid and gaunt in its carapace,
offered challenges i refused to face.
shut of them, i blazed my trail through the wild.
my grim refusals have mellowed with time,
though about writing i am still manic.
when both meter and rhyme are drawn in fine,
the process for me is still galvanic;
even when the structure is crystalline,
to me poetry remains organic.


:new: Bilbian Sonnet :new:

This new sonnet form was created by our very own deinktvis. His tutorial is below.

bilbian sonnet tutorialthe bilbian (my last name is bilbee... what else would i call it?) sonnet came about on my bike ride home last night. i had the first and last line of the first stanza of the example below in my head and realized they were in iambic pentameter and that got the ball rolling...sorry, guys.
the rundown:
first off, it IS in iambic pentameter with a total of 14 lines... but that is the easy part.
the first and last lines of the first stanza have 2 seperate rhymes in common: one at the fifth syllable and one at the tenth. not only that, they should not so much refrain as echo one another.
a similar echo effect should appear in the third and sixth lines of the first stanza.
the last line of the second stanza is constructed by refraining the first five syllables of the first line in the first stanza and the last five syllables from the last line in the first stanza.
there should also be a haibun-type relationship between the stanzas, with the second expanding or extrapolating on the theme


And his example is here:

sharadigm piftyes it grows colder, but it's not yet cold.
not just the season, but the climate shifts
through cycles, decades and ages untold.
most of time's hands move at scales we can't see,
but great and small speak through corollary;
my cycles, decades and stages unfold.
i see my impairments, i see my gifts;
yes i grow older, but i'm not yet old.
the world's a mess, though our fortune's not sold;
we may still outlive the death of our sun.
our final telling needn't be tragic;
the highest science seems like it's magic.
our race is not over, it's just begun;
yes it grows colder, but i'm not yet old.



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:eager: :love: Pieces so far: :love: :eager:

Not EmptyYou might believe that you have nothing here
For any person who on this earth stands
And in a world that ravages its lands
You might think that you’re weak to shed a tear
Perhaps you have a great amount of fear
Of those who reach you with their outstretch’d hands,
The crying in the darkness night commands
Perhaps you feel you no longer hear
But listen to my words and listen well
You never know the good that can arise
And all the burning that is left in hell
But, to me, this comes as no surprise.
That truthful are the stories that you tell
They show behind the light within your eyes…
from ImagineAppleScruffs to TheEmptyChest

Gobbling You All Up (a Petrarchan Sonnet)My friends are nuts, correction: fruit, I mean
They're full of juicy things to tell, they blush
collectively, they're doing sugar rush
and one, the cocoa bean, does caffeine
What will the neighbours think, when I am seen
to talk with these, this fruity Royal Flush,
these seedy comrades, who as one will rush
to loudly name me 'their Banana Queen'?
Come enter my abode of gingerbread
You're all quite sweet yourself – I guarantee:
when talking fruit, I'm an authority
I'm not a cannibal, don't give me that
Beg pardon; I need something for my tea
You're fruitcakes, guys! and there's no fooling me.
from BATTLEFAIRIES to her mates

Thank you sonnetI set my pen to paper now, to write
But sleeplessness leaves inspiration weak;
The only phrasing I can grasp is trite...
My Muse deserts me in a fit of pique.
Adrift upon the sea of words, I fret
My shining quarry schooling out of reach
For I am shipwrecked here without a net
Night's mariner, marooned on daylight's beach.
I grope beneath the surface for a thought;
A shallow maladroit, I cannot swim
My pitiful attempts are overwrought;
My metaphors, lackluster synonym.
So please forgive me for the platitude;
I'm simply overwhelmed with gratitude.
from copper9lives to anonymous CM donor

Snarky SharkySnarky Sharky
2-9-15
Snarky Sharky waiting in the back tide
With singing seals and the dolphins, ditsy
From playing with sailors; now they’re tipsy.
Sharky’s easy: he’ll eat some sons and brides.
Little’uns, and bigger ones, oh he’ll try
To gobble you up all nice and flipsy,
His massive mouth shows you teeth so nibbly
And you can see the bloodlust in his eyes.
The thought of Sharky fills your head with fears:
Sharky does not discriminate at all
Over those whom he eats and leaves behind.
When he smells your blood cascading like tears
From afar he will come, and he will maul
You, crush you, bite you gnaw; your bones he’ll grind.
from MagicalJoey to Diluculi

Down on One KneeDown on One Knee
3-9-15
Down on one knee I rest, my heart in hands
Once superior to all, they now shake
Through years of abuse and misuse by man.
My heart is left to those who’ll use and make
Something from it, both wonderful and great.
I give my heart to you my trusted friend,
You’ve been there through the thick and thin and ache
That rests in chests when friendship has an end.
When you were down mine was the hand to mend,
And soon you returned to the world of light;
I trust you now, my healings at its end
And I must flee to fight the beast this night.
Down on one knee, my heart to you I bring,
That you may stitch it up and give it wings.
from MagicalJoey to her friends

modigal prusemy mind: sand cast upon the cosmic drum-skin;
your will: the driving pulse that makes it dance.
my pencil's use ends when silence begins,
deliver me not to that happenstance.
i'm enthralled to you, you silver-tongued djinn;
my stylus became yours at my first glace.
though i speak the truth i feel no chagrin;
i'd nary change a thing if i'd the chance.
i'll slake my thirst from your oft' dry font
and break my fast from your cupboard oft' bare;
i'll always be your chattel to abuse.
your power over me you needlessly flaunt,
for you know i'm caught helpless in your snare:
this poet cannot abnegate his muse.
from deinktvis to anon person



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:iconbattlefairies:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 2 days ago
A Fixed Form group?! Amazing!

Thank you for requestion the sonnet - I'll be watching this group closely from now on!
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Writer
You can also join if you wish :).
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Oh I'd be honoured. Thank you!
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Writer
My pleasure :heart:
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Parsat Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   Writer
Crack that DFC 2014 folder open for submissions!
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014   Writer
Done :D
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HugQueen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   Writer
Should be open for submissions now! :D
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I just sent you a note with my May Mixup contest submission. Good luck to everyone! :)
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Writer
Awesome, thanks :)
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome! :)
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