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How to Write a Sonnet Infographic: Quatrain Wreck


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  1. Love this. A lot. And that is one weird sonnet (not that I would really know what that means…).

  2. L. L. Barkat says:

    A wreck in your hands, Lyla, is a rose by any other name.

    Or something like that ;-)

    Hey, Sara thought it was pretty funny that you used Shakespeare’s words, even as you told others not to do so. I laughed (again), as I hadn’t caught that. I mean, I had. But not quite the way she saw it.

  3. Ann Kroeker says:

    Funny. I would use this in the writing class I teach, but I think my ultra-conservative parents might gasp.

  4. Ann Kroeker says:

    To be clear, since I may not have been in the previous comment, I don’t teach the parents…I teach their kids. But if word got back that the s word was in their poetry lesson for writing class, well, that just wouldn’t be good.

  5. There is a mistake in your explanation of iambic pentameter: it should be “each iamb,” not “each pair of iambs.” An iamb is a metrical “foot” of two syllables. The stress is on the second syllable of each individual iamb, not on the second syllable of each pair of them, which would contain four syllables.

  6. Donna says:

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!! I still don’t know what most of this poetese means, but it feels so much less tragic now!!! :) Thank you Lyla!!!

  7. I have never understood sonnets. This helps. Perhaps it’s the profanity. (Geez!) And I’m ashamed to admit that I only knew the Shakespeare and the Dickinson sonnets you highlighted.

  8. Claire says:

    I do think a genius lurks inside your mind Lyla ; )

  9. This was absolutely hysterical.

    I want to see the infographic for sestinas – now THAT would require some profanity.

    • L.L. Barkat says:

      That might have already happened, Charity, when the Managing Editor suggested a possible sestina Infographic someday ;-)

      Or not.

      Maybe the Managing Editor just imagined it, which is highly probable.


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