Balesian Sonnet Notes

Jezzie G

Structure: Three quatrains and a couplet
Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter
Rhyme Scheme: abba cddc effe gg
Notes: an English-style sonnet in that it is three quatrains and a heroic couplet, but the quatrains are Italian rather than Sicilian in their rhyme schemes. Pivot somewhere between lines 9 and 13.

Example

Dare to Dream by Jez Farmer

She left me standing here without a chance,
alone, no light to see within this place.
Yet still, I dream beyond this night’s disgrace,
no words of love to guide my heart’s romance.

I long to hear her voice caress my ears;
she is the blood that surges through my veins;
my love complete, in faith and trust remains,
to feel her touch embrace my lonely tears.

If dreams could bring my Lady from her flight,
to set me free from fear and torment’s rage,
and share her wisdom in unearthly sage,
inside my…

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