New Zealand Sonnet Notes

About the Jez of It

Structure: Three quatrains and a couplet
Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter
Rhyme scheme: abab bbcc cdcd ee

Example

The White Stag by Jez Farmer

Beside the dreamy streams he stands alone,
The fires of lightning sparking in his eye,
As the white stag comes to the sacred stone
The Sun-god smiles wherever ravens fly,
Like a mountain reaching for misty sky
Proudly stands the chief of the Mabogni
His battles fought, in peace dwells Lord of grain
Through summer sun and the blustery rain
Protecting all those lost on battle plain.
Through the gentle love of his silver words
We’re touched and blessed by his power again
As our souls rich out to fly with the birds,
And as he serenades his maiden fair
We, too, can feel Lleu’s presence waiting there

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