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Leonid: An Italian Sonnet about the Leonid Meteor Showers.
Posted by Douglas, Nov 17, 2009. 2285 views. ID = 2968


Posted by Douglas, Nov 17, 2009. 2285 views. ID = 2968
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I much prefer Elizabethan Sonnets to Italian Sonnets, just because the rhyme scheme is more difficult to keep in the Italian form. I did Italian anyway, because I needed to do my thought break earlier in the poem, instead of in just the final couplet.

And I used some slant rhymes, because the English language just doesn't have enough rhyming words! :D
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For eons you, in cold obscurity
Did pass us by on these our yearly rounds;
'Til now, like Icarus of past renown,
You brazenly did wing your flight too near.
With shocking brilliance you did thus appear -
A burning plume of light as bright as dawn
That fled across the sky without a sound,
And with a blazing flash, did disappear.
Oh, tragic nighttime flame, lost shooting star,
That graced our skies with this, your last salute,
I will not soon forget your brilliant spark,
But I would choose instead the faithful stars
That oft unnoticed, mark a steady route,
And guide the way for wand'rers in the dark.

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Nov 18, 2009
I really enjoyed this poem. It paints such vivid picture.
   ~Posted by wordsmith, Nov 18, 2009

Nov 24, 2009
i like the reminder at the end of the faithful stars - maybe not as exciting, but always there.
   ~Posted by 'Chelle, Nov 24, 2009

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