My students are writing poetry. I have two of my classes writing ballads and sonnets. I decided I HAVE to try to write one of each or else I'm a lousy teacher! ;)
I've written a great deal of free verse poetry, Haikus, limericks, etc.--BUT NEVER a ballad or sonnet. Oh, I'm sure during my high school and/or college days, I had to write them for an assignment, but never as an adult! That's almost embarrassing to admit!
So...here goes! I know that the rules can vary a bit, but this is what I'm trying for...
--Arranged in quatrains (4-line stanzas); every-other syllable is accented. Syllables for each line follow:
--Rhyme scheme ABCB within each stanza (again, this can vary, but this is the rhyme scheme I've chosen for this attempt!).
My Dear Children
They make my life complete.
From morn to night and night to morn
They argue and compete.
They scuffle and they whine a bit
They roughhouse and they kick.
Sometimes they spit down from a branch
Oh what a rotten trick.
But by the end of each long day
They are my favorite kids.
They have a way with this, my heart
No others would I wish.
I wasn't sure if the last line makes complete sense. I would like, "For no others would I wish," but I can't have the extra syllable...
---or "to trade them God forbids." :) (I thought of this for my last line; it made Gary and me laugh; however, Gary says he likes the line I have within the stanza better... What do you think?