Life of the Author (A Shakespearean Sonnet)

To be honest, this is my first attempt at a Sonnet.  Learned about them in college and it was a project in ELA last year.  I helped my student with this, but I never took it by the reins myself.  Figured I’d give it a shot, but I’m not sure how this will go.  Not a big fan of rhyming and iambic pentameter always threw me off.  From what I can tell, it’s having 10 syllables in each line.  Here we go:

We all exist to put pen to paper
Born with the drive to imagine new tales
Thoughts and dreams move in our minds like vapor
Imagination is wind in our sails

Most cannot understand our words or way
Meeting our excitement with a blank stare
A chosen few get what we try to say
We get energy knowing that they care

That small speck of support can mean the world
Converting us from dire dour to bright hope
Our creativity will be unfurled
Giving us the strength to flourish and cope

The life of an author is full of stress
It is a path that we gladly caress

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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25 Responses to Life of the Author (A Shakespearean Sonnet)

  1. I think you did pretty good. Especially for someone not used to the writing style.


  2. L. Marie says:

    Wow! A sonnet is one of the hardest poems to write. Congrats on writing one!


  3. Your Sonnet is excellent. Well done. Sonnets are difficult and not easy to write. ❤


  4. Another outstanding offering, Charles. Well done


  5. That’s great for a first attempt.


  6. Reblogged this on Loleta Abi Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Like this!


  7. V.M.Sang says:

    Am excellent sonnet. I’ve never tried to write one, but you’ve inspired me!


  8. colonialist says:

    The last couplet on a sonnet is the toughest thing to get right. Here, if we model it on the master Shakespeare with his ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day’ a more pithy ending might be:
    ‘Although a poet’s life be full of stress,
    ‘Tis on a path we gladly will caress.’


  9. freddie omm says:

    If this is your first sonnet then you have done very well – do you find yourself liking it as a form, and the iambic pentameters? For my part I am addicted to the sonnet and to the haiku. Good luck with your future writing!


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