2020 Poetry Form Challenge

#22 Sonetto Rispetto




Like all Italian Sonnets it usual to have the same sestet, ie Italian Sonnet, Italian Sestet, similarly the Sicilian Sonnet. There is a third Octave and that is the Ottava Rima and any sestet, be it Italian or Sicilian produces a sonnet form known as the Sonetto Rispetto.
The octave form for this is, a. b. a. b. a. b. c. c.
and to complete this sonnet we can use the Italian Sestet, d. e. f. d. e. f.
Lost and Found

I lost my heart to a heart unknown
Hidden deep within my tangled mind
Around which has hard callous grown.
I did not look for love nor expect to find
My mind was set and my heart like stone
And to all temptation I had gone blind.
Now there is one that claims my soul
Finally one who makes me whole.
On waking I think still of my heart
But now I can see that it is well,
Held in the hands of someone
Who was a stranger and now a part
Who gives a look to me as if to tell
"Your mine, together we are one".

Terry Clitheroe


There is however the Sicilian Sestet to consider, d. e. d. e. d. e.
I am what I am

I am what I am, there can be no other way
My will is strong in order to survive
I am still standing at the end of the day
While lesser men hardly know they're alive
And while other men kneel down to pray
Against all odds and down, my spirit will revive
Like the eagle I will spread my wings and soar
Like the king of beasts silence others with my roar.
For what is man but the ruler of all beasts?
My spear and shield is my mind and will of right
And while Jackals and carrion have a lesser feasts
I win my feed and feast each day by might
While lesser men stir restlessly in their seats.
I close my eyes and sleep throughout the night.

Terry Clitheroe



Sonetto Rispetto Challenge



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