2020 Poetry Form Challenge

#14 Byron's Sonnet




Byron's sonnets were obviously influenced by the Italian form rather than the English and possess an octave and a sestet. The Octave is similar to the Italian, but is constructed using three rhymes not two.
a. b. b. a... a. c. c. a.
The sestet is a Sicilian sestet,
d. e. d...e. d. e.
Sonnet to Genevra

Thine eyes' blue tenderness, thy long fair hair,
And the wan lustre of thy features - caught
From contemplation where serenely wrought,
Seems Sorrow's softness charm'd from its despair-
Have thrown such speaking sadness in thine air
That-but I know thy blessed bosom fraught
With mines of unalloy'd and stainless thought-
I should have deem'd thee doom'd to earthly care.
With such an aspect, by his colours blent,
When from his beauty-breathing pen-cil born
(Except that thou hast nothing to repent),
The Magdalen of Guido saw the morn-
Such seemst thou-but how much more excellent!
With naught Remorse can claim-nor Virtue scorn.

George Gordon, Lord Byron



Byron's Sonnet



Terry Clitheroe

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