Curt, Really Awfully

(Translate; Vertaal; Vertalen; Traduire; Übersetzung: μετάφραση: Tradução: Перевод; Traducción: )———->
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NaPoWriMo, with increasing sadism, prompts the invention of a curtal (meaning cropped) sonnet, and gives, as example, one by the inventor:

Gerard Manley Hopkins 24 July 1866

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things —
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him

– Gerard Manley Hopkins

A Curtal Sonnet on a Curtal Sonnet on Beautiful Pies 

Curtal sonnets have the strangest scheme,
  They rabbit on throughout the second line
    And hare through third before they even try
Some sort of rhyming scheme of which to dream;
  But then they rhyme a line which comes out fine;
    And now a match to try you will hares-pie. 

At this point they go bunny-hugging strange
  Until hare line that’s fine they will design;
    Try to es-pie that hare-pie-ness pass by;
 So strange that’s followed by small change:

    But why? 

Curtailed Curtal

Sonatina is the name

 for a little Sonata;

Sonatoddla would be one

for Sonata as starter? 

© Colonialist April 2014 (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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27 Responses to Curt, Really Awfully

  1. The Asian says:

    I don’t know how you’re able to come up with all these poems, I would take a whole day to come up with something like this. Well done!


  2. I admire your writing skills.


  3. granny1947 says:

    How long does it take you to do a post like this?
    I am constantly in awe.


  4. It would appear that no word challenge is too great for you, Col. Well done, and thanks for the smiles. 🙂


  5. Lol I was tempted to write one about pies but I didn’t fancy the prompt much but yours is far funnier than I could muster – bravo! I’m all pie-eyed.


  6. bulldog says:

    You are really so good at this kind of thing… love it…


  7. Can I learn this…I think they’re fun 😀 Pawkiss 🙂


  8. Sonel says:

    Now I want a pie Col. Shame on you. LOL! Excellent as usual! heheheheh


  9. There’s no arguing against the excellence of your curtals (or whatever they’re called) which – give or take the odd squeezed pun – are poetic. I even quite like the Hopkins one, because he isn’t so intent on his unrhythmic invention of sprung rhythm.


  10. misswhiplash says:

    Ooooo….eeeerrrrr….. ne resbirum


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