Shadow Sonnet

The Shadow Sonnet was created by Amera M. Andersen, may be written in any sonnet style. The Shadow takes place at the beginning and ending of each line as the words are identical or homophonic. Since all poetry was originally meant to be sung or recited out loud, homophonic words are acceptable, these are words that sound alike such as “see and sea”. (Rules: 14 lines, 9 or 10 syllables per line. The poem should have a Volta or pivit; iambic pentameter is not necessary.)


Why hast thou proclaimed such wicked things why?
No longer your tongue waggles too loose no.
High up in the sky I wrestle words high,
Oh, death will caress this languished soul, Oh.

Son of the King in the home of the Sun
See that you vent in the waters at Sea
Fun will dispense weariness amidst fun.
Be free of the flame in your breast do be.

Urge this song on to prevent such an urge
Cleanse thou soul warily, cautiously cleanse
Purge every thought, act and word clearly purge
Wrens will sing songs, dance along with more wrens.

Sorrow will end kind words replace sorrow
Borrow today for the day’s ‘head borrow

This is my first try at a Shadow Sonnet. It is something that should probably take a few days, but I wrote it in a couple of hours. I hope you try one, someday. It is a bit of a challenge.









I am a mother, retired foster mother, grandmother, and last, but not least, an author. I have self-published a children's book of rhymes, titled, A Rhyme In Time for ages five and up. I also wrote articles for Suite101, and had some short stories published in a local paper. At present, I am in a new phase in life once again. I hope to spend more time reading accompanied by Goodreads, write daily on my blog, and read other people's works of art. I also love photography and want to share some of my part of the world, along with travelling experiences.

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2 comments on “Why
  1. Kirsten says:

    Well, I think you did a fantastic job at this new form, Drew! I hate editing so my poems are almost always first and last writes! 🙂 I basically try the form and then let the poem go. You are a very talented poet. I always enjoy coming to your blog to see what you’ve written!


    • drew delaney says:

      That is so sweet of you Kirsten. I am so happy you did come to read. Not that many seem interested. I know some fabulous poets out there, but it is nice to get some that follow. It’s fun even though nobody would follow anyway, Right? But the comments are nice. Most just like. Oh, well. Wait until we become famous. Then they’ll want our autograph, ha, ha!


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