Midsummer Sonnet – An Instagram Poetry Challenge

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The number of “poor sonnets” I’ve written is… not going to be numbered here. Mainly because I don’t know. Also because I like sonnets and I’m a little ashamed that I murder them so regularly.

This Shakespearean sonnet on the other hand, I kinda like. One of my favorite InstaPoets @thedancingink put out a recent #sundaypromptchallenge for the phrase a “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Summer being my favorite time of the year and sonnets being one of my favorite forms, well one thing led to another and here you go!

Modern poets like Bernadette Mayer have teased the sonnet, experimenting with its form. So I relaxed the rules a bit, easing away from the strict march of iambic pentameter to a more melodic flow that favored enjambment and assonance. I hope you enjoy the results!

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