Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Steal this rhyme scheme

Sculpture by Jason Freeny

Okay, one more! I had an extra sonnet idea but ran out of days in April. 

Steal a rhyme scheme from a sonnet and create your own poem around it.

Another possibility is to come up with 7 rhyming pairs. And then work the sonnet around them.

Here are some rhymes stolen from Shakespeare. I eliminated words that were archaic and most of the ones where the words no longer rhymed. As usual I ended up with too many! So there are four collections here and a bunch more if you click on Comments.

Helen Hayes relates in her memoir that she got rid of her southern drawl by reciting Shakespeare's sonnets.

If you'd like to browse through on your own, the full collection, all on one page, is at Shakespeare Sonnets. If you'd prefer to steal from modern sonnets, try Sonnets.org.

time
wights
rhyme
knights
best
brow
express'd
now
prophecies
prefiguring
eyes
sing
days
praise

possessing
estimate
releasing
determinate
granting
deserving
wanting
swerving
knowing
mistaking
growing
making
flatter
matter

paws
brood
jaws
blood
fleets
time
sweets
crime
brow
pen
allow
men
wrong
young

dead
bell
fled
dwell
not
so
forgot
woe
verse
clay
rehearse
decay
moan
gone

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