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David Wood David Wood Male, 65, United Kingdom (8/17/2013 5:28:00 AM)

What has happened to the English sonnet?This beautiful form of poetry seems not to be in favour these days. Why is this?I attach one of my sonnets for Forum readers to read in the hope that others may write this form of poetry and keep it alive:

Sonnet 79: The Nightingale and the Lark

The Nightingale her sweet music does bring
Beautiful melodies to the woodland floor,
On a clear still day you can hear her sing
Beautiful songs unlocking nature’s door.

Even sparrow’s hedgehogs and squirrels hark
At such a delicate sound in the air
Even when a new song is sung by the Lark
They compete making a formidable pair.

The Lark rising in the early morning
Found singing his heart out come rain or shine,
While other woodland birds wake up yawning
No sweeter sound can make the day so fine.

The Nightingale and Lark sing songs of love
Blessing all nature with songs from above.

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  • Freshman - 644 Points Jefferson Carter (8/17/2013 10:32:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply
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    David, not only do sonnets follow a fixed rhyme scheme, but their meter needs to be competent. This sonnet reveals a real lack of understanding of meter. Such difficulty is one reason sonnets have lost popularity among today's poets. They're too f**kin hard to do well! !

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