It is the season of the heart’s delight
lit by the winds of change in chambers dark
and sinuous corridors wrapped up in night:
somewhere within ignites that fevered spark.
Why do we love? With what sense of restraint?
What absoluteness and what tortured doubt?
Conning the hero’s part, within we faint
displaying not our inner fears without.
No notion nor a thought of holding back
where restless is the night, where fairer day
gives us the sense and clarity we lack
when night’s dim cloak steals reason clean away:
We love, and there’s an end to all debate:
let never love succumb to hollow hate.
© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved
Happy Sonnet Sunday!
It’s Valentine’s Day: what better time to celebrate the Shakespearian sonnet? However you feel about Valentine’s Day, and the subject of love itself, I invite you to write a sonnet on this theme and share it in the comments below. I will read any sonnets you link up: be sure to read and comment on the work of others if you decide to take part. Please note that this is not a competition, it is just for fun.
If you need advice on the formal structure of the sonnet, you can find out more in my EIF Poetry Challenge post on the same subject. You are also welcome to link up previous posts so long as they fit the form and the theme.
Have fun – and share the love of poetry: Happy Valentine’s ❤️ 🌹 ❤️
I love this dark and unconventional sonnet!
Here you go.
I’m pleased you felt this sonnet coming on…let’s hope for the birth of many more before the day is done!
I’ll call in to see.
Here’s one from Valentine’s Day 2017:
This one has bite!
And here’s a fun one from April 2017:
I think you must love sonnets as much as I do Kim, thank you for your contributions 😊
I used to write sonnets all the time, in all variations of the form. Sometimes poems just turn into sonnets! 😉
A very old one from 2015, which as published in Afflatus Magazine:
I remember this one Kim and I’m pleased you posted it: the perfect Valentine’s Day sonnet!
Thank you, Ingrid!
A lovely sonnet with a different rhyming pattern to ‘la mien’.
I love the solemn tone of your sonnet, Ingrid, the formal language, the slow pace like an Elizabethan or Jacobean dance, the ‘chambers dark / and sinuous corridors wrapped up in night’ and the hint of a ‘fevered spark’.
Thank you Kim: I went all-out unashamedly old-fashioned!
Hi Ingrid. WordPress is being weird, so you may have multiple comments from me. Beautiful sonnet, redolent of Shakespeare himself – certainly that era – gorgeous language and a great closing couplet. Here is my offering: https://fmmewritespoems.wordpress.com/2021/02/14/love-is-a-bit-like-tea-and-tea-is-a-bit-like-love/
Thank you Sarah – I do love that Shakespearian language!
I woke up to all of yours, so I’m catching up! Here’s my try: https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/2021/02/14/enduring-dreams/
Feeling the love this morning!! 💖 Here’s my sonnet! https://milspouseprose.com/2021/02/14/to-my-romeo-a-valentine-days-sonnet/
This is so sweet 🥰
I so love all of these sonnets shared .. nice job to everyone!💖
Thank you for reading Cindy 😊🌹❤️
Beautifully expressed. “No notion nor a thought of holding back” is my favorite line.
I wrote this a couple of days ago for Valentin’s Day. It’s only 12/14ths of a sonnet:
Lovely poem Ron, and in keeping with the theme! Thanks for joining in 🙏
I totally forgot about this one I wrote: https://lucysworks.com/2021/02/14/my-beloved/
It is very unlike my usual style. 😀
The maggots, lice and stench of death! Gothic brilliance!
No notion nor a thought of holding back–that is the essence of love. (K)