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Knocked Up - A Sonnet

Updated on November 16, 2011

What is a Sonnet?

By definition, a sonnet is a poem that consists of 14 lines with a fixed rhyming scheme.

While I have dabbled in poetry before, I have never actually written a sonnet before, at least that I remember. I did take several creative writing classes so maybe I have before and it just didn't impact me. Then, the other day I came across a wonderful sonnet done by a fellow hubber, AustinStar and decided I would try my hand at this rhyming game.

While mine is no Ode to a Pizza, it does follow the structure needed to be considered an original "Italian/Petrarchan" style sonnet, and not just a regular piece of poetry. This means the firs toctet will likely introduce a conflict, while the sestet is tries to resolve the conflict.

Doing a sonnet can be a bit of a challenge, however it is also a fun piece to try and write. It is also a great way to exercise that creative brain.

A ring is a symbol of love.
A ring is a symbol of love. | Source

Knocked Up

A young man once proposed to me

Without even a first date

He said loving me was just his fate

But I told him we would have to wait and see

If we were really meant to be

So one fun and crazy night we did mate

Not so long later, I found out that I was late

And now we both know that neither of us again would ever be free

A day fresh in your mind

Having a baby is a special occasion. That day will  never be forgotten!
Having a baby is a special occasion. That day will never be forgotten!


Nine months later and it was time to go

I pushed and screamed with all my might

The pain was intense and I thought would never go away

The process was sweaty and went way too slow

And he said I put up one hell of a fight

But when I met my baby, I knew I would never ever forget that day!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @ishwaryaa22 - Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed this. I have to admit... this type of writing really helped me to step out of my comfort zone, but I did enjoy it! :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful attempt at one of the most beautiful forms of poetry - sonnet! You did a great job! Your sonnet is beautiful, echoing your beautiful personal memories! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Peggy W - Hmmmmm...... pizza does sound good ;) Glad you enjoyed this. I had fun with it!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have never tried writing a sonnet but applaud you for doing so. Now...why am I suddenly hungry for pizza??? Ha!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Sharyn - I am hoping I don't have to repeat the whole baby thing... I too would rather have a pizza instead... lol. Glad you enjoyed this. The comments were very entertaining!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      BBG,

      I enjoyed the comments as much as the sonnet :) Going to find some pizza (no babies here) . . .

      Sharyn

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @PenMePretty - Glad you enjoyed this. It was a fun way to break out of P90X for awhile! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Harvey - :-)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Just Ask Susan - Glad you were able to find this even though you have been missing your updates from HP. Thank goodness for FB. Glad you had fun reading this!

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      PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

      Enjoyed your creativity!!! She wrote a sonnet in a bonnet.

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      Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

      Barber, I'm glad to hear it. H

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This was fun to read :) Almost missed it as I've been missing my emails from HP. I was actually looking for something on your FB profile that I thought I saw last night. Glad I happened upon this poem.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I don't know if you could call it love... it was for a science experiment in High School. I wanted to test the effects of alchohol. My results - excessive alcohol often leads to children! LOL Poor drunk gerbil!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well but if you love them - I could bring some for you! A whole box full of gerbils! Haha!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Harvey - We moved not to long ago and still have a lot of boxes to unpack. I have actually come across some pretty cool personal treasusres. I am also very happy lately as our situation has improved. I think that makes a difference in the writing! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @rjsadowski - I like that they are challenging, but I too think sonnets have an acquired taste.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @SweetiePie - I am glad that I am off the dating scene. I don't think I ever want to go back. And that guy sounds like bad news if he blows the big sister off... hope your sister listens to your advice!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - I wouldn't admit that either... lol

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      Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

      Barber, I understand completely, I've give birth four times. It hurts a lot more for a guy, with no C-Section.

      Seriously, you're opening up lately. There must be a reason for it. I hope it is workiong. H

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      I liked your effort but I am not sure that I like sonnets.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Dating really sucks royal lemons, and you are better off meeting your husband this way. I went on so many horrible blind dates, and now I am having a horrible time trying to talk my little sister out of dating some guy who just asked her for her number in a grocery store parking lot. Do not trust the guy, and I called him once to ask why he was calling here. He said just take it up with my sister, and I think any guy with honorable intentions would have been upfront with her older sister (me)!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Omg! At first I read ....it had babies...I ate the babies..

      Woah! I was thinking - I wouldn't even admit that! LMAO ROTF:)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - I had a gerbil once... it had babies... it ate the babies... I guess they go hand in hand! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Austinstar - yeah - birht and pizza don't have much in common unless we are talking cravings or celebration dinners (but I got the steak) This was fun - and yes - you have created a monster! But really, I had to put Pizza in there somewhere so I could appropriately link! ha ha - it was worth the pain!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - Well the first one was hard... I mean... the baby.. not the Sonnet. The second and third were a piece of cake - definately talking baby here. I haven't tried another Sonnet yet - but it was fun so I might have to do another. It might be an addiction! LOL

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Lisa - I am glad you enjoyed this. I wanted to make sure people realized this was just a bit different then regular poetry. I followed Austinstar on this one, but in my research later on I found there is another format as well for sonnets. Since this was already written - I stuck with it. I might try another one with the different format! Glad you enjoyed this! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - Too funny. I honestly didn't know where this was going when I started ... so I just found the words that rhymed and then added the story. The rest is history... ha ha - but all the kids were worth the wait! But hey - no beautiful - childbirht is beautiful! LOL

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Thomas - birth and pizza do go hand and hand - after all - cravings... but I am unsure where you get the 45 minutes! ;)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'd rather have a pizza than a baby! You can eat the pizza!

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      It's oddly like a pizza? huh? What giving birth? or writing a sonnet? IDK, how does one associate giving birth with a pizza. Is it the placenta?

      Seriously, voted up and funny and it reminded me of when I gave birth. Maybe the nurses were eating pizza at the time?

      Anyway, thanks for the mention and the link. Apparently I've created another monster or two!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      BBG - I loved it! I was laughing until the end:) Awwww! Super up and everything....I still can't work one out (a sonnet not a baby - that was easy) Rolf:).

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      LisaKoski 5 years ago from WA

      Great sonnet! I really liked that you defined it at the beginning because it's been a while since I've read any sonnets and I've forgotten most of the definitions. Voted up :)

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      lol... oh goodness :-) I didn't know what to expect before I read this. Very cute... and graphic! Of course Abby is well worth the being late... and so is Bella and Max! lol. As much as I love voting up everything I just couldn't do beautiful... I have to much blood and pain in mind :-) Enjoyable hub for sure!!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Stacy...

      Ah...when 45-minutes of fun turns into hard put efforts to write a sonnet...and give birth...

      This was awesome...and in it's way...it was (oddly) an ode to pizzas...

      Thomas

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Cre8ivOne - Thanks - it made me laugh the whole time I was writing it. It was pretty fun!

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      cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Cute poem! Good job : )