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?


Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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