I have written many poems over the years. Most of them funny, childish, and dealing with my rural lifestyle. The smallest things turn into silly rhymes as I wax poetic about my rustic surroundings. "Honey Bunches" and I were discussing some poems the other night. My limericks were a large part of the discussion. Since limericks are meant to be humorous, they are a specialty. My wife, the college professor, explained that they are made of couplets and triplets. Triplett is a small town 6 miles from here, but I know nothing of couplets!
The conversation grew as she explained rhythms, rhyme structure, hyperbole, and such. In a limerick, the first 2 lines rhyme, the second 2 lines rhyme, and the last line rhymes with the first 2. The rhyme pattern looks like this a,a,b,b,a. Then there a syllables per line and such. Sounded pretty confusing to me, and I had been writing them since high school.
After thoroughly surprising her with my rhyming abilities she exclaimed, "You should write a sonnet!" "Aren't they those things that Billy Shakespeare wrote about back in the old days?", I asked. Before she had a chance to answer, I informed her they didn't make much sense. My comment was met with objection, and a breakdown of how a sonnet should be written. The format is enough to confuse any farm boy! I will try to explain...
There are 3 sections to a sonnet. A Quatrain, and Octave, and a Couplet. All lines have 10 syllables. The Quatrain is 4 lines styled as A, B, A, B, and is the intro to the poem. The Octave is 8 lines C, D, C, D, E, F, E, F, and is an argument or explanation. The Couplet is the 2 line finale, G, G. Sometimes an amusing end. If that's not enough, the emphasis should be on every other syllable!
The gauntlet has been thrown down, and I have (innocently) accepted the challenge. Now, for a subject! To make this completely from scratch, I am asking you for a subject. Please leave a comment with one word as your subject description. It must be something pertaining to rural life or on a farm. Maybe in a garden, livestock, feeding, plants, animals, farm life, just something country or rustic, you get the idea!
As soon as I pick one of the subjects, I will commence sonneting. (my wife says that's not a word, I could be in trouble!) So let's get it going, post me a subject.
"Gate" was a suggestion by bcperkins. Here is my first attempt! Gate Sonnet
Manure was suggested by Penny. Manure! OK, I will give that one a shot. Manure Sonnet