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The Tear-filled Heart                                       Rhyme scheme: aaAbAbAbAbAbAbAbAbAbAb


What a travesty? (Set me free)                          aa

From brutality,   (set me free )    Refrain                          


Your ways are far too agrestic                          

The vulgarity; set me free                                 Aa

Your lies; no Qantas jets you own;

From depravity, set me free                              Aa


Even cats and dogs need respect

From bestiality, set me free                             Aa


In your mess you have lost your wits;

Have no chastity; set me free                          Aa


A rat will always be a rat;

From your vanity, set me free                         Aa    


Your Texas ranch is my prison

From calamity, set me free                             Aa


So many sad days I endure

From barbarity, set me free                            Aa


Your world has become my nightmare

From insanity, set me free                               Aa   


I see clearly you cannot love

You must Cassidy, set me free                       Aa


Your RiRi is on bended knees

From tragedy, please set me free.                   Aa


(July 17, 2015)


The Ghazal is a poem of five to fifteen couplets. It is made up of a short monorhyme. The first two verses rhyme with a repeated rhyme in the second of each succeeding couplet. The Ghazal usually deals with themes of love in a melancholy mood. The roots of the Ghazal blossomed in seventh-century Arabia and gained prominence in the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century much credit to such poets as Rumi and Haftz. In the eighteenth-century, the Ghazal was used by poets writing in Urdu, a mix of the medieval languages of Northern India, including Persian. Among these poets, Ghalib is the recognized master.

Indian musicians such as Ravi Shankar and Begum Akhtar popularized the Ghazal in the English-speaking Diaspora during the 1960s. The poet Agha Shahid Ali introduced the Ghazal in its classical form to Americans.  Ali practiced his poetic craft in USA universities before cancer took his life in December of 2001. He left with English Poetry writers’ a legacy on how to write a Ghazal based on its traditional roots since it appeared from his many poetic statements he was not particularly a fan of Ghazal in free verse. His guidelines on how to write an English Ghazal suggested the following:

No enjambments between couplets

Couplets should be linked to a strict formal scheme

The rhyme scheme and refrain should remain the same throughout the Ghazal

Each line should have the same length inclusive of rhyme and refrain whether the verses 
are metrical or syllabic

The last couplet should be a signature couplet

The scheme of rhyme and refrain should emerge from the opening couplet of the Ghazal

These pointers have influenced how the poem, “The Tear-filled Heart” is written.  During the composition of this English Ghazal, every effort was made to ensure that the poem reflected this “constant longing”. The Ghazal is defined by this constant longing. This conforms to Ali's view. The poem, "The Tear-filled Heart" has eleven tetrameter couplets. A couplet has two successive verses of poetry, is usually of equal length and rhythmic correspondence with end-words that rhyme. The couplet is the shortest stanza form. It is joined frequently with other couplets, to form a poem with no stanzaic divisions.

A monorhyme is a poem in which all the verses have the same end rhyme. An end rhyme is a rhyme occurring in the terminating word or syllable of one verse of poetry with that of another verse, as oppose to internal rhyme.

The rhyme scheme used in this poem is -  aaAbAbAbAbAbAbAbAbAbAb representing as well the eleven stanzas in the poem. In a rhyme scheme, repeated rhymes are shown in capital letters. 

A refrain can sit on a stanza, verse, or phrase, generally pertinent to the central theme, which is repeated verbatim, usually at regular intervals throughout a poem, most often at the end of a stanza.



Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Hendianne Sonnet Structure - Methods One and Two




For good or evil, modern technology is manifesting that it has the capacity to define who we are as a people; what we do and how we behave. You may wish to debate this among yourself. However, there is no denying that technology is shaped by tools (used in the broadest sense of the word) it is the making, the modification, the usage and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, craft, systems and methods of organization. Let me say though, a tool is any physical item that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the item is used up in the process. In an informal way, it is used to describe a procedure or process with a specific purpose. When tool is used in specific endeavors or activities different designations are ascribed such as; instrument, utensil, implement, machine or apparatus. Tools needed to achieve a goal go by the designation “equipment”. The knowledge of constructing, obtaining and using tools is technology.


Technology began way back when humankind converted natural resources into simple tools, example; controlling of fire for cooking, etc; the invention of the wheel and the possibilities it has created. By the mid 20th Century, mankind had achieved a mastery of technology that allowed for the exploration of space. Weapons of mass destruction have progressed from clubs to nuclear weapons. In this 21st Century modern technology is seen in the printing press, telephone and the internet. By and large, these have lessen the physical barriers of communication, thus we are able to interact on a global scale. Every aspect of human, animal, plant and other living creatures in the air, in the waters have been embossed with the tattoo of modern technology. Modern technology is the innovative platform that supersedes previous technologies by creating new or improved methods or procedures and tools by taking away relative painstaking drudgery from manual activity facilitated by various technology tools. As we approach more decades in this century new modern technology for good or evil, no doubt will emerge, for “the writing is on the wall”.


Where is modern innovation found? In such areas as construction technology, medical technology, animal and bird technologies, plant technology, marine technology, food technology, space technology, communication technology, education technology, information technology. It is against this background that the poems “Birthday Wishes from the Cloud” and “Cyber Sweethearts” were created in a new form called the Hendianne Sonnet.





Sonnets are lyric poems made up of fourteen verses that express the personal mood, feeling or meditation of a single speaker in the present tense. Lyrical poems may be set to music. Traditionally lyric poems were accompanied by the lyre a plucked string instrument associated with ancient Greece and consisting of a U-shaped frame with a crossbar from which the strings stretch down to the sound box. The Hendianne sonnet structure draws clues from renowned English sonneteers William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser and the Italian sonneteer Petrarch. The name of the sonnet “Hendianne” is a combination of the surname of the poet’s husband Edgar Hendy who passed away on June 6, 1995 and her sister’s first name Angela who died on September 16, 2006.


Guidelines for Method One as well as an example of a poem structured along these guidelines are shown in Table 29a below and guidelines for Method Two are shown in Table 29b.  


Table 29a
Procedures
Use rhyming pattern aa aabbbb ccdd ee
Examples
 
Introduce the theme or problem with Opening Couplet (two verses) rhyming aa
 
This day is special for Bobby Stallone;       a
A guy who lives in the northern time zone; a
Develop the theme or problem with a Sexain (six verses) rhyming  aa bbbb
I bettter call him ow on telephone;                a
Sing him a song with melodious tone            a
From my country home, outside Montreal;    b
While I wait eagerly for first snow fall;          b
To give  him gifts I purchased in the mall,      b
T0 match his tattoos, wrinkles, warts and all;  b
Show the turn or shift in speaker’s tone, mood or stance with a Quatrain (four verses) with any one of the following; “but”, “yet”, “and yet” rhyming ccdd
Yet brushing off hardships I have carried         c
Loads of commitments, to kids so candid;       c
Watching heaps of sugar ants dominate            d
The icing which keeps dripping off the plate;    d
 
Use a Couplet to bring a logical solution or conclusion to the problem rhyming ee
 
Happy Birthday to you, my handsome mate;    e
From the cloud, I wish for you all things great. e 


         
 
Birthday Wishes from the Cloud
 
This day is special for Bobby Stallone;
A guy who lives in the northern time zone;
I bettter call him ow on telephone;
Sing him a song with melodious tone
From my country home, outside Montreal;
While I wait eagerly for first snow fall;
To give  him gifts I purchased in the mall,
To match his tattoos, wrinkles, warts and all;
Yet brushing off hardships I have carried
Loads of commitments, to kids so candid;
Watching heaps of sugar ants dominate
The icing which keeps dripping off the plate;
Happy Birthday to you, my handsome mate;
From the cloud, I wish for you all things great.
 
© Paterika Hengreaves
(August 2011)   


 Table 29b
Procedures
Use rhyming pattern aab bccdde eff gg
Examples
 
Introduce the theme or problem with Opening Triplet (three verses) rhyming aab
 
Did I tell you, just how special you are!       a
The light that you emit lights my star,           a
Beaming the glow of love we are sharing,     b
Develop the theme or problem with a Sexain
rhyming bccdde
Your fingers on my heart strings repairing.       b
Bill Gates has built for us this band new home, c
Where free-spirited souls like ours can roam;    c
Though the oceans are keeping us apart,            d
Your nights do give my days a real kick-start;   d
You way down under, I way up yonder;            e
Show the turn or shift in speaker’s tone, mood or stance with a Triplet with any one of the following; “but”, “yet”, “and yet” rhyming eff
But poles apart cannot this love falter;       e
Since e-mails give me many a chuckle,       f
And life is sweet in this cyber bubble;         f
 
Use a Couplet to bring a logical solution or conclusion to the problem rhyming gg
 
So, as we both face the Christmas season,   g
Star of David shines in cyber Eden        g
 
Cyber Sweethearts
 
Did I tell you, just how special you are!
The light that you emit lights my star,
Beaming the glow of love we are sharing,
Your fingers on my heart strings repairing.
Bill Gates has built for us this band new home,
Where free-spirited souls like ours can roam;
Though the oceans are keeping us apart,
Your nights do give my days a real kick-start;
You way down under, I way up yonder;
But poles apart cannot this love falter;
Since e-mails give me many a chuckle,
And life is sweet in this cyber bubble;
So, as we both face the Christmas season,
Star of David shines in cyber Eden.
 
© Paterika Hengreaves
(August 2011)


 





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