Today’s 100-Word Challenge for Grown-Ups has a very long lead up, by Julia of Julia’s Place. So, without further ado:
Now for this week I’m staying topical! Those historians among you will know that 23rd April is a special date for the English. It is St Georges Day and the date of Shakespeare’s birth and death. No doubt there will be lots of red crosses around and another excuse for a party over the week-end.
Your mission, should you wish to take it up, is a BIG one. We are going to celebrate the Bard by writing sonnets! I can see some frowns! Don’t worry it will stretch your creativity.
- You MUST write 14 lines (this is the minimum)
- You can use 10 syllables per line (choice)
- You could use the following rythmn - a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f g-g. (choice) [I have looked at several sonnets, and find the rhythm/rhyme to be a-b-b-a, c-d-d-c. e-f-f-e, g-g. I will write using these new parameters.]
So, the least you have to do is write 14 lines. Limit is around 100 words. You may need to go over slightly if you choose to do 2 and 3. The topic is of your choice but of course if you fancy including George and that dragon he is supposed to have slayed then feel free!
I have never written a sonnet, ever. Here is my trial:
The difference, such as may be seen and known,
Looms large, and having grown is spent.
As chances go, and changes went
Our lives, though once together, apart have grown.
A soft, sad tear, a single track upon your cheek,
A little sigh, quick escape in deep remorse;
I see you leave me, as well. Of course,
No cause presents itself. No reason do you speak.
But since I cannot hear your inner thought
Or read your feelings there upon your face,
I move myself, so quickly from this place.
I’ll disappear, our love’s sweet grasp is now forgot.
But though our love has died, its goals not met,
The tears we’ve cried, you will not soon forget.