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Tears of a Goddess (A Sonnet)

Updated on October 7, 2012
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He plunged her love into the crashing waves,

And from this spray a fiery light was born.

One spark of pride brightens the darkest caves,

A fearless heart within the woman scorned.


The tender lips he kissed wrinkled with spite,

Still moist with dreams and promises not kept.

Her crimson mood endured throughout the night,

But when the time was right, she wept and wept.


And with an amber sun came his excuse,

Yet she was not enchanted by his lies.

Instead, refused the dealer of abuse.

He cursed the gleam of freedom in her eyes.


With each goodbye, a valued lesson learned.

For love is never true unless 'tis earned.


How to Write a Shakespearean Sonnet

The sonnet is a 14-line poetic format that contains a specific rhyme scheme and meter pattern. While there are many different versions (i.e., Petrarchan, Spenserian), my personal favorite is the English sonnet made famous by the beloved playwright, Shakespeare. In order to be deemed a "Shakespearean sonnet", a poem must follow three verse rules:

1) It must be written in "iambic pentameter" (a verse pattern using 5 pairs of unstressed & stressed syllables to create a ten-syllable line):

da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM

2) It must contain four stanzas (three quatrains & a couplet). A stanza is a poem's paragraph, and a four-lined stanza is called a "quatrain". The two lines that rhyme at the end are called a "couplet".

3) It must follow a rhyme scheme of

a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, gg

A "rhyme scheme" details the end-sounds of each line, therefore, the letters in a rhyme scheme pattern represent these last words/sounds. For example, in the poem shown, "waves", "born", "caves", and "scorned" are labeled "a-b-a-b".

4) The last two lines, or "couplet", must address the overall moral or main idea of the poem. Because a sonnet's couplet is the culminating piece of the poem, it must leave the reader with a memorable rhyme about the poem's ultimate purpose.

Although writing a Shakespearean sonnet can be quite challenging, accomplishing the feat is both rewarding and addicting!!! Here are some helpful links to help you on your poetic journey:

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About This Poem

This sonnet portrays a woman whose experiences with love, although painful, bring to light important life lessons. She is not a victim, but rather a survivor; one who knows the difference between a good bluff and a bad hand. When love becomes a gamble, folding is your best bet!

I wrote this poem for my mom and presented it as her Mother's Day gift. It is a tribute to the sacrifices she made to bring me into this world. And, just to be fancy-dancy-smarty-pantsy, I printed it out on gorgeous gold cardstock, created a cute border with a stars-and-moon hole puncher, and framed it. To date, no other Mother's Day gift has ever brought forth so much smiles (and tears- lol).

My mother always says that she asked God to bless her with me; she made a vow that she would provide me with the best life possible. I'm glad she kept her promise!

I love you, Mom!!! ;)

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      Neil 3 years ago from Canada

      Amazing sonnet. Thanks for sharing your emotions with us.

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      Amy 4 years ago from Chicago

      What a beautiful sonnet. One can always appreciate the template of the iambic pentameter in 14 lines. The beat of the poem is an awesome contrast to the mood of the tale you tell. I loved it. There is so much depth in the message that the rhythm flowed so well. Wonderful piece and i appreciated the how-to after the poem. It helps to know how the artist creates and comes to the results presented before us. The process is just as beautiful and the art. Awesome for sharing that insight and keep it up i will be following.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks, rajan jolly! I hope you have fun playing with the form (^-^)

      Happy writing!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful tribute to your mother. Good to know how to write a Shakespearean sonnet.

      Voted up.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, Cogerson, for your generous words! I absolutely love the Shakespearean form (and the poet too, of course!)

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      A very impressive hub....you have written a lovely tribute to your mother as well as providing some excellent tips on writting a Shakespearean sonnet. Lovely words ....I am glad I got the chance to read this sonnet. Voted up and across the board.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Awww (^-^) Thanks Sommer!!

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      Sommer Dalton 5 years ago

      Great hub, very beautiful, voted up plus 3!

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Awww...much thanks to you ALL for reading and commenting!!

      @Mhatter99- Poetry make beautiful music!

      @Cheeky- *blushes* You are too kind ;)

      @Kenneth- Hope your pen has been getting some mileage!!

      @Dr Funom Makama- Thank you for your kind words!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Tattoo Kitty, again on June 5 . . .WOW! Super hub is what this is.

      Great work.

      Your friend,

      Kenneth

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      Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      This hubs works for me for a few reasons. First it is an excellent poem / sonnet. Second, you explained the sonnet form so well and enhanced my enjoyment of it. Third, there is a nice story about it and you at the end. Now why can't more hubbers do this?

      Wonderful poem! You are a great poet! Cheers!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      very nice. I write a variety of sonnets/songs including ABBA BAAB CD CD CD

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for your sweet words, Sam209!! Hugs!

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      sam209 5 years ago

      I'm blown away! Great poem! Sharing this one for sure!

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi Kenneth! Thanks for the sweetest of comments & the follow! I'll be sure to check out the poems you mention... it's been a while since I've last "hubbed it" so I'll be happy to jump right back in it by reading some great poetry!! Hugs!

      Hey thost! Thanks for reading ;)

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      thost 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I like what you write here; it’s pure and leaves a good feeling. Vote up.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      . . .breath-taking; Amazing; So deep and lovely.

      (WHAT AN AMAZING. IN-DEPTH HUB. LOVED IT!)

      This captured my attention. LOVED this writing.

      Hello, TattooKitty, on January 23, 2012,

      GREAT read! Amazing presentation. Informative and very helpful. Voted up and away for I love your writing style and I am now honored to FOLLOW you.

      Please keep up the great work and I Invite YOU to check out my hubs, that is if you need a good laugh. I have 3 abstract/prose poems on hubs: "Losing her," "Final Glimpse," and "One evening at dusk," that I want you to check and give me your opinion. Please?!

      And I would love for you to be a follower. That would make my day. Highest Regards,

      Kenneth Avery,

      from Hamilton, a small (but proud) town in northwest Alabama that Norman Rockwell would have been happy to put on a magazine cover. Much Peace and Success to you!

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks April- I'm VERY blessed to have such a strong Mom! ;)

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      This is beautiful tattookitty! Your mom is blessed!

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow, thank you for your lovely comment Diana! The sonnet form is quite challenging- I guess that's why I feel so relieved when I finish writing them ;) Hugs to you!!

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      Diana Trees 5 years ago from Atlantic City

      Sonnets are among the hardest bits of poetry to write. Keep kicking forward, doll. You're doing it beautifully.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for reading and commenting, PADDYBOY60!!

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Very beautiful tribute to your mother. Thanks.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi there TKs view! Thank you for your encouraging comment...hope you enjoy using the sonnet format ;)

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      TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

      Well done Tattookitty, Thanks for the powerful read and the educational info.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the sweet comment, oceansunsets! Writing Shakespearean sonnets is a daunting, daring, and delightful task!!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      TattooKitty, what a lovely Mother's Day gift for your mom for sure! How wonderful, and something she will cherish forever. Thanks also for sharing the information on writing a Sonnet. Well done.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi SubRon7!! Thank you so much for your kind comment about my hub and picture ;) Hope you'll be able to play with the Shakespearian sonnet format one day!

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      James W. Nelson 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      TattooKitty, what a wonderful tribute to your mother. I read your poem, and read what you did with it, but I didn't read how to do a Shakepearian sonnet. Thanks for the rest. It was great!

      Good picture, too, as if you are reflecting your mother, as with her goodness you probably are.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Ah, tsmog, my sweet- your comments always bring a smile to my face! Thanks for reading, dear!! Rock the sonnet!! ;)

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      This is simply awe inspiring and awesome. "difference between a good bluff and a bad hand. When love becomes a gamble, folding is your best bet!"struck a chord with me. Brought William James to the forefront and the Will to Believe, no matter the subject. I appreciate your sharing of intimacy with what you hold dear - teaching.