I’m trying to upload this sonnet worksheet I made for anyone who wants to give it a go. This might make the iambic pentameter a little easier to deal with. You should be able to click on it and get a bigger version but not exactly full letter size. You can get the idea and then copy it on your own or put your email in the comments and I’ll email you a PDF of it.
Garrison Keillor is having a sonnet contest. The winner gets a sleep number bed and a dozen roses. “A bed of roses…” if you will. A sonnet is a 14 line poem where each line is in iambic pentameter and it often (not always) uses the rhyme scheme: a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g. I’m not going to go much further on this for fear of stepping on the toes or our resident poetry form expert
I’m sure she has posts that you can find that give lovely examples of sonnets and the exceptions to the rule. In fact, if you are interested in the ways you can stretch your poetic wings, don’t miss her two part workshop on Saturday the 12th at the NESCBWI conference. Until then, try your hand at the sonnet and enter before you go to Nashua!