The Sonnet Form

I have been told that a sonnet is written in iambic pentameter, and that my “sonnets” are full of iambs and anapaests, and therefore not sonnets.

Fair comment. I just find that sticking with iambic pentameter seems to force me into an pseudo-elizabethan cant that does not work for me. So I branch out, but still call the poems sonnets, because I like the general structure of a sonnet; I still use five stresses per line, and fourteen lines arranged in more or less one of the traditional structures. Hmmm.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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