Please forgive me for dropping off the face of the earth these past few days. I had planned carefully, or so I thought, in preparation for my art show last weekend. My poems were written and posts scheduled to make sure the blog would continue to carry on while I was busy in the studio and at the show. This past week’s posts were ready to go as well, but were not scheduled. Little did I know that the week after the art show would be busier still than those leading up to it. There was business to attend to, but there were also family affairs that I could not have foreseen.
I was going to simply post my weekly challenge a couple days late and then get back on schedule. However, that would only give you a few days to write your own Sonnetina Cinque. Since this one can potentially be a bit challenging, I decided instead to push all my challenges back a week. So you have a little break, and I’ll see if I can go into the linkup for the Ovillejo and extend the period for submissions to that one.
That said, I look forward to studying the sonnetina form with you over the next five weeks. And I’ll go ahead and let you know that when we have exhausted my knowledge of ten-line poems, we’ll move on to the sonnet (14 lines), and then finish out the year with some quintets (5 lines). Why did I choose the sonnet to follow the decastich? Well, frankly, I wasn’t planning to go that route, but in my preparation to write the Sonnetina Cinque, I decided to look more closely at the sonnet form, and that of course whetted my appetite to write one. I actually found fourteen sonnet forms—a fitting number for a poem with fourteen lines. If the sonnet sounds boring or too difficult, don’t write them all off just yet. You may think the sonnet isn’t for you, but stick around and I’ll show you some interesting variations that I know you will enjoy!
So, are you ready to do this with me? Enjoy your little break, or perhaps you will take this time to write another Ovillejo, then Thursday I’ll share my second sample poem for the Sonnetina Cinque, and Friday I’ll show you how to write one of your own.
Thank you for understanding, and God bless you this week.