Task 03 (25th August): A Sonnet
In class, we are going to look in detail at James VI’s advice to his court poets, at the end of the 16th century, on how to write poetry. This task should get you in the mood.
Write a sonnet (14 lines of iambic pentameter), using at least 3 words of Scots dialect. (You can find Scots dialect words by going to the Dictionary of the Scots Language online, and playing with the search functions. For example, you can click on ‘Browse Headwords’ on the left of the screen, and then enter some letters, like ‘bel’ in the Search box, to find words beginning with bel…).
You can rhyme your sonnet abab cdcd efef gg (English sonnet) or abba abba cdecde (Italian sonnet) or a variation on these rhymes.