You may recall that this Valentine’s Day, I hosted a Sonnet Sunday here on Experiments in Fiction. This was a celebration of love in sonnet form. I asked you to write a traditional, Shakespearian sonnet on the theme of love and share it with me. This was such a fun event that I have decided to host another this Easter Sunday.
How to take part in Easter Sonnet Sunday
- Write a traditional sonnet on the theme of Easter. You can interpret this however you wish, and it certainly doesn’t need to be religious (for example, consider themes of rebirth, renewal or simply the joys of spring!)
- For the chance to have your sonnet featured on this site, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Easter Sonnet Sunday.’ I will publish my favourite responses on this site on Sunday, 4th April.
- If you prefer, you can simply post your sonnet on your own site and link up in the comments section of my first post on Sunday. I encourage all participants to read and comment on one another’s sonnets.
- A quick reminder, the sonnet structure is 14 lines iambic pentameter, rhymed ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. There should be a volta or turn in the final two lines, at which point the poem moves from the general to the specific, or turns to face itself. If you’re not sure how to do this, learn from the master by studying Shakespeare’s sonnets.
I hope you will join me for this Easter-themed celebration of poetry. If you don’t want to take part, of course you are still welcome to read and comment. It should be a fun day, and I am very much looking forward to heading out with my best Easter Sonnet. Here’s some musical inspiration you get you started:
Best Easter wishes!