Albert's Poetry Cafe ~ Poeticpiers Fun with Form ~ CURTAL SONNET  August 7, 2009 - August 17, 2009

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Blue Ribbon - LIKE SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER

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Curtal sonnet.
Devised by Gerald Manley Hopkins

The first ten lines are written in Iambic pentameter but the last and concluding line is a spondee.

Rhyme pattern
A
B
C
A
B
C
D
B
C
D
C
xx xx xx xa
xx xx xx xb
xx xx xx xc
xx xx xx xa
xx xx xx xb
xx xx xx xc
xx xx xx xd
xx xx xx xb
xx xx xx xb
xx xx xx xc
xx xx xx d
xc
Example in iambic tetrameter a variation.



Though smartly dressed he does not seem
at ease, he�s lacking confidence.
Looks immature and still na�ve.
Although he�s handsome as a dream.
He�s hesitant to give offence
or so he lets the girls believe.

The ladies eye him eagerly,
the competition is intense.
But the ladies can�t perceive
they won�t impress him easily
His ploy of boyish innocence.
Deceives



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Created Aug 8, 2009