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2011 Poetry Form Challenge

#16 Sonnet Month

As an adjunct to the US National Sonnet Month, the Tir from now on will be running its own Sonnet Challenge every August. The rules are simple and only require the participants post a sonnet for every day of August, (31 Sonnets).
ANY sonnet form is allowed and will be presented as a 14 line sonnet in your own chapter of the Sonnet Month Challenge. Even if you donít make 31 you will have your own chapter.
As well as posting my own sonnets, I will also (Time permitting) post sonnets of poets post Elizabethan as inspiration and also showing how they also varied the Oxford dictates.

XVIII

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

William Shakespeare


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