The sonnet is a popular classical form of poetry that has compelled poets for centuries. It is derived from the Italian word 'Sonetto' which means 'a little sound or song'. Traditionally, the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, which employ one of several rhyme schemes and adhere to a tightly structured thematic organization.
There are two types of Sonnets. The first one is the Petrarchan Sonnet, perfected by the Italian poet Petrarch, divides the 14 lines into two sections: an eight-line stanza (octave) rhyming ABBAABBA, and a six-line stanza (sestet) rhyming CDCDCD or CDEEDE.
The second one is the Shakespearean Sonnet (English Sonnet) which condenses the 14 lines into one stanza of three quatrains and a concluding couplet, with a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDEFEFGG.
Many poets, however, have been found to vary these schemes frequently.
This is my first attempt at penning a sonnet. Although I would have liked to stay loyal to my all-time favourite poet, the Bard, I have adopted the Petrarchan style in my sonnet.
The Dance Of Illusion.
In a profound prance of elation,
as the weary orb bids goodbye,
her unseen wings fan an urge to fly
in a carefree caper of jubilation.
In a newfound trance of liberation,
the scarlet heaven, surge her spirits high.
Copious clouds retreat in a silent sigh,
in a spree of serene seclusion.
Her success is but an illusion,
for the graveyard of failures seldom lie.
Despite the toil of tireless ambition,
her dominion of dreams refuses to die.
In an ecstatic dance of exultation,
she undulates to the rhythm of the sky.
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