Inheritance - A Sonnet

Inheritance - A Sonnet

A Poem by AnastasiaBetts

We've been studying sonnets in our little poetry group. This is my stab at the Shakespearean form.


Is it the call of every man to strive
To seek a better pathway to success,
The praises of his fellows to contrive,
Secure his fortunes, monies, and excess?

And in so doing, work to pass along
His empire to the child he has sired
Who will, of course, keep all financials strong
Just like his father dear always desired?

What if, per chance, the child should reject
The plan, so clearly set, upon his birth
And choose his life's own pathway to direct
What then, this wayward child's life be worth?

Let not a fortune's lure be set above
A family's worth that's measured by its love.

© 2013 AnastasiaBetts

Author's Note

Again, takes work to get these out. :). One note -- I'm using the word "child" as two syllables - it has a diphthong in it, so I figure you'll forgive me. I tried using it as one syllable, but it just made the lines sound clipped and rushed.

All feedback welcome! Thanks!

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Oops. Misspelling of your. Happens to the best of us, and it just has.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Sonnets are making a comeback I read. Never knew they had been away. I thought at first I was reading about Rupert Murdoch, but then apparently not. Last stanza seems to be leading us into another piece of reasoning from the poet, but does, out loud sound Shakespearean, so you re experiment worked.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Almost perfect syllables count, nearly Shakespearean in the making and your simple choice of words rates you closer to 'master of letters.' I have a thing for sonnets, that aura of respect. Expecting more from you.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Very nice sonnet and you are correct, this form takes a lot of thought and work. You delivered this one nicely.

Posted 8 Years Ago

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Added on March 5, 2013
Last Updated on March 5, 2013
Tags: Shakespeare, sonnet, poem, inheritance, legacy, parents, children, success, life, advice



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