|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.
From Extraordinary Poetry Writing p 120.