A word, then two, a fountain like a stream
That wears away a mountain. Time, a spring,
Reflection over aeons; it can bring
Perfection. Though it presses down, extreme
In ways of mystery. Its form can seem
To press its history: On such a common thing
As common coal–transformative–may wring
A diamond fine and whole. And so supreme
A form may limit, yet such limits might
Become the set of forces pressed upon
So commonplace a line as these I write.
The queen of all poetic forms: I fight
Her storms of pressure, educated on;
And open up my mind to all her light.
This sonnet is part of a short sequence; click here to read it all:
Then you, and the sonnet, are diamonds.
I certainly have been under extreme pressure from time to time…. But I think the proper response here is: Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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Yet another lovely poem. This does seem like a good series for teaching sonnets to teens. I`m not so sure that a student would enjoy it, but at least they would understand the italicized lines follow a rhyming scheme. And the result is pretty, so I at least liked it!
Thank you. If it is a course, it is probably not a “101.” but there are things to be gleaned from it…. probably….
I like the extra internal rhymes. I enjoy the challenge of making them work. I actually started doing that many, many decades ago as a boy of barely 20. I noticed that sometimes lines of famous sonnets would have sentences which ended in the middle of lines, and I thought it would be nice to do something with them in my own sonnets instead of just ignoring them. I do not always do this, but I very often do. It is an old habit and… well… the more constraints I put on myself, the more interesting is the result, I feel.
Yes, I think you get the most creativity when you have to work within rules, especially within your own rules!
Yes I have found that to be true.