J for John-Tee Sonnet #NaPoWriMo2021


Sonnets have been an interesting form to write ever since they originated in Italy in the 13th century. The term ‘Sonnet’ is derived from Italian word sonetto (meaning- little song). A sonnet in general has 14 lines and follows some sort of strict rhyme scheme.

The ‘John tee Sonnet’ extensively uses refrains. Some sources on this source suggests it is a form with no stanza divides while some other has defined it as a poem with an octave (8-line stanza) and a sestet (6-line stanza). There is no metrical or syllabic constraints in this form.

A ‘John Tee Sonnet’ is structured as – A B a b c d A B e f g h A B.

Here’s my attempt at one :-

I have made a list of things to do
May be I’ll get to it tomorrow
I haven’t had a drink in a while
Haven’t cleaned all that needs cleaning
Haven’t called the person I was supposed to
Haven’t even finished the poem I left stranded
I have made a list of things to do
May be I’ll get to it tomorrow
Haven’t felt sorry for things I did wrong
Haven’t been praying for things I desire
Haven’t been gracious for things I have
Never learnt from the mistakes I made
I have made a list of things to do
May be I’ll get to it tomorrow.

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