Sonnetizing Free Verse

A neat task given me by a friend a few weeks ago has brought new life to a few of my poems. I’m calling it sonnetizing free verse – taking something already written that is lacking that oomph to make it decent and shaping it into a sonnet. Up until this point, I haven’t been much a sonnet supporter. I don’t know why – I like to write in form because it forces new words and creative ways of saying things that free verse doesn’t always push. I’ve taken two poems and changed them into sonnets.

I’ve been reworking this particular poem for quite a while, but I like what happened when I shaped it into a sonnet. Thoughts?


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