Weekend Art: A Petrarchan Sonnet (that’s also Shakespearean) — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)




A Petrarchan Sonnet (that’s also Shakespearean) — by Norman B


I read it long ago in a book of Petrarch’s

That had been translated into two futharks:

He told me: Don’t mix up your lights with your darks.

Is that the Covenant’s or Noah’s? Don’t mix up your Arks.

Don’t quit your day job. Keep reading Marx.

You can often trust your instincts, but those guys are FARCs.

You can’t park there, ’cause that spot’s Clark’s.

And the next one neither. That’s where the boss parks.

Please do limit your snide remarks.

We’ll run real fast; then we’ll jump some sharks.

Those little tiny mosquitoes rode here on larks,

So we need to have a watchdog that barks,

‘Cause I cain’t see no fuckin’ quarks,

An’ Gregg Allman an’ Tim Leary both turned out to be narks.



(p)(c) 2014 Norman Schulerud Bie, Jr. All rights reserved.


Acknowledgement to my Muse, Rachel, who helped me get the rhythm down. She’s also the videographer of the video at the end of this article.



In a Shakespearean sonnet, the rhyme scheme is ‘abab  cdcd efef gg’: Lines 1 & 3 rhyme with each other, as do Lines 2 & 4, 5 & 7, 6 & 8, 9 & 11, 10 & 12, and 13 & 14.

In a Petrarchan sonnet, the rhyme scheme is ‘abba abba cde cde’: Lines 1, 4, 5 & 8 rhyme with each other, as do Lines 2, 3, 6 & 7; Lines 9, 10 & 11 rhyme with Lines 12, 13 & 14, respectively.

You can by now see how I fit my sonnet in to both forms simultaneously.




More Fun with Sonnet Forms




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