by Michael Ackley


A poem, properly expressive of a single, complete thought, idea, or sentiment, of 14 lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with rhymes arranged according to one of certain definite schemes, being in the strict or Italian form divided into a major group of 8 lines (the octave) followed by a minor group of 6 lines (the sestet), and in a common English form into 3 quatrains followed by a couplet.

Example of a sonnet poem

Spring Ritual By Russell Sivey

1.After months of white covering substance

2.That’s dominated the ground’s existence

3.Powers of the sky peer down upon me

4.And lo and behold there are green blades freed

5.Grass is coming in sight by the sun’s rays

6.The white fluffy snow has seen better days

7.There’s now formed in the middle of the yard

8.Small pond of water just playing its card

9.Seasons change, the melting walk has begun

10.White mass on the Earth melts under the sun

11.Finding green grass, pleasant sight to behold

12.In the sunlight the color looks quite bold

13.Spring has come to save all from the bleak scene

14.This process to turn snow to grass of green