Day 11: Curtal Sonnet

Writing a Curtal Sonnet today. The best definition I found states that: “the Curtal is a curtailed or contracted sonnet, refers to a sonnet consisting of a sestet with a rhyme scheme of a. b. c. a. b. c. and a quintet rhyming, d. c. b. d. c.. or.. d. b. c. d. c. with the last line preferably a spondee, but at least a tail shorter than the previous lines.” In other words – a short sonnet.

So, if you are like me and thought sonnets always had fourteen lines – SUPRISE. Here’s a sonnet with eleven lines, or maybe we should call it ten and a half, since the last line should be a short one or a spondee (a foot with two stressed syllables).

I’m sort of following today’s NaPoWriMo prompt: it’s about flowers, but I’m also following a favorite old prompt  – use the first line from a favorite poem or song.

O my Luve is like a red, red rose, 
With limbs subtle and leaves of green 
Entwining hearts with passions wild. 
As from a budding heart that grows, 
Embraces close and kisses with no lien. 
Far from that smile, I am not beguiled.

Let others to their lovers crave.
My heart remains above such mean
Never tempted nor beguiled,
Never standing, true and brave,
Loving mild.

2 thoughts on “Day 11: Curtal Sonnet”

  1. I like it! I will copy and paste your directions into a folder I keep on different types of poetry. Typically when I try to write different forms I have to actually see the format as I go along because I can’t remember it at all. I wrote a poem a while back on Poetry Soup and I will have to go look to see the form but it was pretty difficult!


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