A to Z Challenge – U is for Unconditional Love

April 24, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015, Poetry | 10 Comments
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A2Z-BADGE [2015] - Life is Good

This poem arose from a poetry writing prompt, and I decided to write it as a Shakespearean sonnet.

This form, also called the English sonnet, has the simplest and most flexible pattern of all sonnets. It consists of three quatrains of alternating rhyme and ends with a rhyming couplet:

a b a b c d c d e f e f g g

Each quatrain develops a specific idea, but one closely related to the ideas in the other quatrains. The volta, or ‘punchline’ is often in the final couplet.

The basic meter of all sonnets in English is iambic pentameter, that is, ten syllables per line, with the emphasis on every second syllable.

Have you ever tried to write a sonnet?

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An Old Rag Doll

– a sonnet –

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Forlorn, it lies upon the rubbish pile

A tattered relic of a bygone day.

What joy this doll brought to a lonely child

How many happy hours spent in play?

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Recipient, this doll, of secrets shared

A trusted confidant who would not tell

Her owner’s fears and dreams as they were bared

Not question motives nor her spirit quell.

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But life goes on, and children quickly grow

To girls who think that love will never end.

But those that she allows her heart to know

Are not as faithful as that ragged friend.

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If ‘tis unconditional love desired,

A rag doll’s noble heart is what’s required.

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(c)   Linda Visman

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  1. Absolutely Linda. There aren’t many who possess the heart (or moral understanding) of such a treasured rag doll. Trust is so fragile nowadays, sadly.

  2. Nicely done! A verse form that is extremely difficult to execute well – deceptively, the best examples make it look easy. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

  3. So sweet. Love the imagery, but yeah… I’ve never tried to write a sonnet. I’m hopeless with poetry!

    • Working within a form is good discipline, I found. If you can write stories, you can write poetry, Alex. It’s the images and the thoughts and the words, all combining to create a response in the reader/listener. You do that with your fiction, so can do it with poetry (not necessarily rhyming). 🙂

  4. Well done, Linda! I love your exploration of different poetic forms–and (alas and alack) the sentiments are too true.

  5. […] U is for Unconditional Love […]

  6. My unconditional love came from a puppy- a beagle- when I was young. Great idea!


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