Today’s Sonnet

bishopI had no idea that the sonnet was alive and thriving today. In some cases, the traditional form has been reinvented so much that the only identifiable factor is the sonnet’s fourteen-line length.

For class, I need to write two sonnets this week – a traditional one and a contemporary one. I’m not sure which one will be easier to pen.

Examples of contemporary sonnets:

“Sonnet” by Robert Pinsky

“The Heart’s Location” by Peter Meinke (scroll down the page to the poem)

W.H. Auden wrote one of the first sonnets not to follow a rhyming scheme:

“The Secret Agent” by W.H. Auden, 1928

An entertaining sonnet that follows the traditional form:

“Death of a Sonnet writer” by Scott Ennis

One of my favourite sonnets:

“Holy Sonnet XIV” by John Donne, 1609

What is a sonnet?

Basic sonnet forms

Sonnets online

A great print resource for poets:

Wendy Bishop provides advice for writing and revising sonnets and sonnet-like poems in her book entitled Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem: A Guide to Writing Poetry.

2 thoughts on “Today’s Sonnet

  1. drew

    Interesting – but sorry, that thing by Pinsky is no sonnet…
    Now, John Donne – he ROCKS.

    How I hate modern poetry…arghhhhh !

    Reply

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