Shakespearean Sonnet on Any Topic
I will write a Shakespearean-style sonnet on any topic of your choosing. This style of poetry has sections that measure exactly 14 lines long, with every line written in iambic pentameter. What this means is that each line needs to have five instances in a row of an unstressed and then a stressed syllable. The Shakespearean sonnet form in particular also features a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg.
To demonstrate how it works, here's an example of a sonnet that I've written on the subject of geology:
Throughout the years, some men have laid down rules (Iambic pentameter would have you understand and read the line's syllables with this rhythm: "Through -out | the years | some men | have laid | down rules")
For how we all should look at rocks on Earth.
And now we’re forced to learn them in our schools.
They’re real good pointers, sure, for what it’s worth!
The deepest layer is the oldest one,
And closer to the top means forward in time.
Because of time, most rocks are overrun;
Erosion’s there no matter where you climb.
When faults or bodies slice through other rock
That rock is older. That’s the law to know.
When fossils show up in the layer clock (Iambic pentameter = "When fo- | ssils show | up in | the la- | yer clock.” )
It happens in a certain way, a flow.
It’s Rev’rend Steno, Charles Lyell, and Smith
Whose names should ne’er become mere regolith!
The sonnet form can be excellent if you're looking to express something mundane or boring in a more flowery and pretentious way. Of course, it can also be used for more serious topics if that's what you'd prefer. Let me know the specifics of what you're interested in and we can talk!
Training & Qualifications
With a B.A. in English, I've had the chance to study the sonnet form in a number of poetry, creative writing, and British literature courses. In particular, I've dealt at length with analyzing Shakespeare’s "Othello," the work of Lady Mary Wroth, and several sonnets of George Gascoigne. The style and form of these authors and their sonnet-styled poems remains fresh in my mind.
Availability & Preferences
Get in touch at any time, designate a reasonable turnaround time, and I should definitely be able to work writing your sonnet into my schedule.