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When May Passed By (A Petrarchan Sonnet with spoken word )

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Is spring in yet, or could the buds she eyed
have blushed the plains – that's where she often lies.
Is spring in yet, or could the scent in guise
perfumed ahead, before she'd deep, down stride.

Is spring in yet, why then do lilies hide?
They, shy, subside, but then they'd early rise;
she wakes, then they would show- those haunting eyes.
Is spring in yet, I see it broad and wide.

Nay! 'tis not May, yet there across the bay
with hey she passed one morn and left me mute
to hoot, I held an arm and waved a bye,
"goodbye" I said and there I sent her way
a little kiss_ a slender, real beaut.
That's when my lovely "May" that day drew nigh.

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Structured: Western
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Phewww! Splendid..

Regards,

raj (sublime_ocean)

I am happy you like it.
Have you noticed the rhyme scheme and the meter.
Can you comment on any of these or both.
It would make my heart good if you do.

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It certainly gave me some clues about the meter and the rhyme and held me in awe at the imagery of spring created. The "turn around" you had mentioned to be at Line 9 is also cleverly made.

Regards,

raj (sublime_ocean)

and sorry. I forgot that you are not listed.
I shall be waiting for your submission though.
Your comments as always appreciated.

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'She wakes, then they would show those haunting eyes'
and
'all when that lovely day in May drew nigh'
seems off meter to my ear....
'Then they', 'all when'

Also
'Way' and 'away'
and mute' and 'Beirut'
are not 'proper' rhyme because of the different syllable count..

and 'perfumed ahead, before she'd deep down stride' just seems forced to me - not really clarifying what you mean (just my opinion as you know)

Typo - 'ts .. should be 'tis

A lovely concept -
i love the opening two verses
love judy
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'Each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They are.'
(Rudyard Kipling)

but I have a slightly different perspective.
The first line works for me, though the second has serious meter problems.
Also,
"a little kiss_ a slender real beaut." This also needs attention metrically.
As for the rhyme. A "perfect authentic" rhyme (I didn't make that up... you can't) is two like vowel sounds preceded by two unlike consonant sounds. "Way" and "away" does not qualify as each vowel sound is preceded by "w".

Still and all I believe it to be the best work Rula has done and I have read all of Rula.

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For the encouragement!
Your visit is the best compliment I can ever think of
I am blushing! :)

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for pointing out the proper rhymes especially. Really not sure how did I miss them.
Thanks for the thoughtful feedback.
Always appreciated.

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but, as Wes says, you have messed up the meter when you edited, in that little kiss verse...

I forgot to say, I really love the word usage in 'is spring in yet'...'
love judy
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'Each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They are.'
(Rudyard Kipling)

a LITT/le KISS/_ a SLEN/der REA/ l BEAUT

"Real"...can be scanned both as one syllable or two according my dictionary.

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'Real' -- I just checked the dictionary, and apparently it can be said with either one or two syllables
So, it's fine then...

but keeping that in mind - it affects the rhythm for those who say it as one ... you might want to think of an alternative for that reason .... your call
love judy
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'Each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They are.'
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Though it is hard to satisfy everyone. As long as I am satisfying my dictionary, I think I am on the safe side. :)
Thanks for the advice though dear

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that I was a little confused by the ending. Was May really here? Or did she pass on and come back? ~ Gee

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I think you've missed the twist of using the word May to refer to spring and "May" as a name of the speaker's beloved. The speaker imagined that Spring has already come as May, (his beloved) passed by. Does that make any sense?

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I found the first two stanzas to be outstanding. Apparently I have arrived post edit, still the third stanza feels a little forced to me with too many pauses in the meter, too much punctuation, for my liking anyway.

Still, well done. An enjoyable piece

Thanks

Scott

You are never late. I shall see where I've over used the punctuation and try to eliminate, though I thought I've used them carefully to well gear my reader.
Very much appreciate your honest feedback.

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I guess it wasn't the punctuation because it still feels choppy. Perhaps it is me and how I hear it. Can you record it?

Thanks,

Scott

is that the scansion is out - 'that's when my' are all unstressed...
love judy
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Scott

"in any series of three unstressed syllables in a line of verse, one of them, generally the middle syllable, will take a secondary stress through promotion, and the promoted syllable will stand in place of a stressed syllable"

He even stated this as an example

"Harry and the dog were hot." The second syllable of “Harry” is unstressed, and so are the coordinating conjunction “and” and the article “the,” but “and” is promoted to secondary stress, and in this situation it takes the place of, and counts as, a stressed syllable."

 

This is a quote I used to save after having a chance to work with a friend on a collaborative sonnet about half a year ago. 

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... as for 'and' - it is definitely unstressed after a homorganic consonant (eg t, p, b - any that, in order to say, we have to make our lips meet or have the tongue touch the roof of the mouth) but, for example it would be stressed after the vowel in 'he accepted the job, no ands or buts about it
'your example 'Harry and the dog'.... Harry finishes with a 'y' which then gives stress to 'and'
...
but 'that's when my' ... different. i am tending to read all three here as unstressed.
three unstressed words together do not naturally make the middle word stressed

love judy
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'Each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They are.'
(Rudyard Kipling)

though this is quoted from a published article without making any exceptions for what type of unstressed syllables they are.
I wonder!!

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yet I have added my spoken word under your request dear scott.

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This displays the problem I have with sonnets although not as much as my attempts do. The next to last line is obvious in that a single syllable word has been inserted which would likely not have been used in normal speech..."real". But the display of proper structure will be useful in my battle trying to produce something which won't make ya'll run away in despair. Speaking of which I'm off to the battlefield lol......stan

Sometimes, learning languages as a second language (my case) is an advantage.
That's where I think of the dictionary an inevitable tool, while a native speaker, most often wouldn't think of it as of that great help.(IMO)

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How do you say it in normal speech. Not poetry, just speaking it.
Grammar is as the poet uses it.
However, we must also consider the dialect a character in our piece is using.

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You've done a great job here Rula! and through your example and others I am learning a lot - of course it's one thing reading and another putting it into practise. :) You are amazing because your first language isn't English and yet you manage to write poems that the majority of English speakers could never master and you don't give up! :)

Well done :)

Love Mand xxxx

your encouraging words mean a lot.
I still have a lot to learn though. I think this workshop is offering the apportunity to do so.
Thank you dear for your kind visit.

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please PLEASE let me post it on the blog.

mag

absolutely... My pleasure.

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can you please link me as to where you've posted. I've visited the neopoet facebook page but could never find where those teasers are.
If you link me to it, you'll make my life a bit easier :)

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i am posting your teaser now, so here is the link to the blog

http://neopoetofficial.tumblr.com/

it is unfortunately a slow process, blogging and such, due to my unfortunate business - but we are getting along nicely :) thank you.

mag

I think you are doing great!
Keep up the good job!

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Nice to hear your voice - I enjoyed the music afterwards too. :)

Love Mand xxx

Much appreciated.
Not a perfect reading though. This needs too many rehearsals before get it as one wishes it to be, which is really of time consuming.

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