“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a curtal sonnet. This is a variation on the classic 14-line sonnet. The curtal sonnet form was developed by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and he used it for what is probably his most famous poem, “Pied Beauty.” A curtal sonnet has eleven lines, instead of the usual fourteen, and the last line is shorter than the ten that precede it. Here are two other examples of Hopkins’ curtal sonnets: “Ash Boughs,” and “Peace.”
This is my first time attempting this kind of sonnet. I found it challenging and after a lot of thought, this is what came up. It’s hard to ignore the elephant in the room, just because I’m busy with NaPoWriMo.
Death's on a rampage like an elephant in musth He's charging towards mankind like El Toro* on the loose Burning with fury, bloodthirsty,unleashed, unabashed An emotionless predator( how elastic is his girth?) Last,it was the virus; now, he has a new ruse 'Coz His bulging appetite remains unappeased So, the wretched spirit is on the rounds again hungry for more; this time he's tightened the noose around the land of sunflowers, and grain. He roams the streets, gulping ravenously, unrestrained. God save,Ukraine! Copyright@smithavishwanathsblog.com. All Rights Reserved. *El Toro - Bull in Spanish I managed to write a second curtal sonnet after I wrote this one- this time more spiritual. If you'd like to read it, click here.