Saturday, January 19, 2008

Totally Optional Prompt: Sonnet

Perhaps you associate sonnets with Shakespeare, or with love poetry. Perhaps you think they're obsolete, or difficult, or pointless. All of those things might be true, or they might not; it's all in how you look at it.

Take a look at some contemporary sonnets:

Susan Palnick: Room 9

David Gwilym Anthony
: Water Bearer

Margaret Menamin: Blue Collar Sonnets (pdf)

You can also find lots of good sonnets at Sonnet Central and Contemporary Sonnet.

If you need to review the form, there are good explanations with examples here.

As always, remember the prompt is
Totally Optional


Anonymous said...

I have written a lot of contemporary Sonnets. Time for another trial Thanks!

Allyson said...

The sonnet prompt will be my first post here -- I even created a new poetry blog so I would have a place to post my work!

sister AE said...

Wow! Those Blue Collar Sonnets by Margaret Menamin are terrific! Thanks, Tiel.