Monday, December 9, 2013

On Being Nice - Terza Rima Sonnet

                                                                                       Attribution: Adriano
Image: Being Nice Together
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

a     Never in his wildest dreams had he known
b     Destined to be witness of vanity
a     Demonstrated by the sullen who frowned

b    Though devoid of acts of indignity
c    Startled and intensely incoherent
b    Blabbering to no end unashamedly

c   Why insist to willfully abandon
d   politeness and sense of good upbringing
c   and forgetting judicious indulgence

d   Shouts of 'simpleton' just kept on ringing
e   Much to embarrassment of those present
d   Ethics and etiquette thrown to the winds

e   Painful and sorely it was a lesson
e   To be enlightened  sane and elegant

A  Terza Rima sonnet is a rhyming poetry written in tercets – ie three-line stanzas
and ends with a couplet. It has a strict rhyming structure of   aba bcb cdc ded ee.
Here I’ve maintained the 10-syllable count in each of the 14 lines

Written for Marian's hosting at Open Link Monday at Real Toads


  1. Kitties look happy as can be, sometimes a lesson does need to come to some as they flap their trap

  2. Great writing, in fact purr'fect, but oh gee are they ever the cutest little things ever!

  3. nice attempt.for me, such strict forms are too restrictive and I appreciate the difficulty of following them closely.

  4. there are some that will just act the way they do...with no concern for anyone else...perhaps it is all they ever knew....nice job on the form hank

  5. wow, very, very nice! i love how subtle the form is here. impressive!

  6. Hank, you did wonderfully with a form that looks very intricate. Yay!

  7. Congratulations on using the form so well including the number of syllables per line> If not for free verse I could not write much poetry!!

  8. Thanks for explaining the form, Hank, it does look intricate, but you have handled it very well. Good work!

  9. Goodness, to be able to even manage the form is fantastic, but to also write such a great piece I loudly applaud!!

  10. well is not easy to stay with in the guidelines...

  11. Not an easy form! Well done.

  12. Hank, not only did you write one hell of a poem, you also helped guide us through the form with the letters. I found it not at all distracting, and indeed quite informative.

    As for the poem, it sounds like a family gathered at the holidays! The lack of decorum, the me-me-me of it all... Brill thoughts, and not lost in the form. Congrats! Amelita

  13. Shakespeare was said to have written "Macbeth" as a way of teaching goodness by rubbing our noses in awfulness. Sometimes our worst behavior is the best example. As you so well show us, the path to enlightenment is a dark one. Thanks - Brendan

  14. I love the picture of the kitties, and what an interesting form! I agree with Brendan's comment above--sometimes by showing the darkness, we bring things to light :)

  15. By one's bad behavior we can all learn, I suppose. Let's hope we aren't always in that type of company, though!

  16. I like it, Hank, you did good. My MIL used to teach the children, "be nice."

    I've played with sonnets too. If there is such a thing as a non rhyming sonnet I have one today, 4, 4, 4, 2, in syllabic form of tens.