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Welcome to Writing Wednesday! This is a weekly feature at Cask & Quill where we try out writing prompts, share our experiences and inspire and encourage each other to write. All experience levels are welcome! Check out the introductory post here.

 

Today’s Prompt:

Write a Shakespearean sonnet on any topic of your choosing!

As this is the last day of the Cask & Quill Shakespeare Instagram challenge, I thought it’d only be appropriate to get our sonnet on! Now I realize 14 lines of poetry is sort of a big ask. But try to come up with at least four lines! Shakespeare writes in iambic pentameter and you are welcome to try that if you want, but it’s not necessary for this exercise. In brief, iambic pentameter means each line is made up of ten syllables, with every other one stressed. So a line should be stressed like this:

ba BA ba BA ba BA ba BA ba BA

But again, for this practice it’s not something you should, ah, stress about.

Follow this rhyme scheme for your sonnet:

A

B

A

B

 

C

D

C

D

 

E

F

E

F

 

G

G

If you REALLY want to get authentic, Shakespeare presents the theme or issue of his sonnet in the three quatrains and resolves it in the couplet (G/G) at the end. So go ahead, give it a try! Remember, this is just a chance to practice and have some fun with a specific form. Play around with it and don’t worry about it being perfect. 🙂

Share!

Write or copy your sonnet into the comment box below so we can be inspired by you! And/or take it to Instagram! Pair a photo with what you’ve written and share it using #QuillClub. Please tag me @caskandquill if you like!

If you’re not feeling up to sharing what you’ve written, that’s okay! You can still participate by checking in with a comment or sharing an IG photo of your notebook or something. Let us know how it went or what you learned from this week’s exercise!

 

Happy writing!

 

Anna

 

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