Apologies to Shakespeare

To tell of love I first must sit and think
As I compose my Sonnetina Cinque.
Were Shakespeare here, he’d think my rhyme too brief,
With but ten lines to read upon the leaf;
To add four more were not a waste of ink.
But this is not Elizabethan verse,
So proudly I shall write my poem terse
And hope in time to help, by my employ,
Some others this fine genre to enjoy
And to some listening ear my work rehearse.

Copyright © 2018 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

For the next five weeks we will study sonnetinas, but my apologies to Shakespeare. These have only ten lines, and sometimes they don’t even rhyme.

Sonnetina Cinque
Two quintets, usually in iambic tetrameter or pentameter, but can be any form.
May be rhymed or unrhymed. If rhymed, only 2 rhyming sounds per stanza.
The first quintet presents a question or statement; the second answers the question or counters the statement.

For this one…
Rhythm and meter: iambic pentameter
Rhyme scheme: aabba ccddc


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