…interesting how, in general, creating a rhyme scheme in advance is more effective and efficient than creating blank verse in advance and fitting the rhyme scheme later. Until I had tried both methods I would not have guessed this. Writing the blank verse first is more useful if you have a specific work you wish to adapt to sonnet form; however, writing something brand new is much easier the other way around. It’s easier–much easier–working an idea into 14 evenly spaced lines that already rhyme, than it is to write fourteen lines of blank verse and modify it to conform to one rhyme scheme or another.
…is the result of some very rough blank verse being converted to a sonnet. I really didn’t go overboard here in my rhythmic adherence to the form. I’m not sure what I think about the result. This one hung around as a draft for a number of days. I’d work on it absent-mindedly for a handful of minutes here and there and finally finished it a few days ago and placed it in the queue.
This method has yielded better results and easier results in the past, particularly when I was not certain the direction I wanted to go on a particular work.
I may do a bit–possibly quite a bit–of lucasing on this one because I am not completely satisfied with the result. There is a level of satisfaction I consider to be a minimum requirement. I needn’t think a particular sonnet shall move heaven and earth by its art in order that I might be satisfied in it; however I like to think I proficiently used all the various techniques that I intended. If I do a complete rework of this piece, then I think I’ll leave this one alone and enter it as another sonnet–perhaps link them together.
We shall see.