NaPoWriMo Quarantine Edition – Exercise 28

Welcome to day 28 – Proper Sonnet Day!

For today, I want you to write a sonnet about realising that you were in love. It doesn’t have to be romantic love – a child? A favourite teacher? Your most beloved favour of icecream? Whatever. The crucial thing is that your poem should start with you not knowing, and then pivot at the volta into the realisation that you are, in fact, in love with what/whoever it is.

I think the Italian sonnet is probably the best shape for this one – eight lines to set out the discovery, a volta, then six lines to bring it all home. You can structure it as an octet and a sestet, or two quatrains and two tercets, or whatever arrangement of lines you like, as long as you keep that top-heavy proportion. End-rhyme is optional, but there should be some sound-links between the lines. (Think cross rhyme, think assonance and consonance.)

Good writing!

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