FUTURE: SONNET: CHIASMUS

Trying my hand at a SONNET, that classic poetic form, “iambic lines that make a little song”, made famous by poets like Shakespeare (love sonnets addressed to a mysterious Dark lady) and others. There are two popular forms, the English and the Italian

The poetic device is CHIASMUS, where two or more words are reversed in their order to create a musical effect. e.g. ‘Let not a fool kiss you, or a kiss fool you’ and ‘love as if you would one day hate and hate as if you would one day love’. !!  Here is my attempt the English way ! 

To FUTURE

This endless ebb and flow of life tires me

I seek respite, my mind benumbed seeks peace

But life, with twists and turns does not agree

I spend my days, awaiting quick release.

Past trails of love disturb my fevered brain,

Though faint and distant, distance faint induces,

Images rise and quicken heart again

A face emerges and merges, fuses

With mind mine; beckons, pulls, sweet future peals.

Bells ringing, flowers blooming; heart hope-filled

A  rise from ashes — Beauty, love reveals

My mind awakens, throbs — all fears mute, stilled.

The power of hope, brings hope power, like Faith

Arises future’s phoenix, from past’s wraith !

 © Lakshmi S. Menon

The rules are: 14 lines either with three quatrains and a couplet (rhyme scheme: ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG) all in iambic pentameter, called the Shakespearean, or 14 lines with an octave (8 lines) and a sestet (6 lines), called the Petrarchan. In both, the first 8 lines establishes a theme or a problem, then comes the turn or the ‘volta‘ that introduces an unexpected element and finally, the resolution. As someone described it, the sonnet ia like “a wave building up, rolling in and crashing onto shore.”


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