Dante’s variation of sonnet

English: Dante Alighieri's portrait by Sandro ...
English: Dante Alighieri’s portrait by Sandro Botticelli. Tempera 54,7 x 47,5 cm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dante Alighieri was a major Italian poet in the middle ages. His variation of  a sonnet consisted of  two sestets.
and two quatrains.

A quatrain consisting of four lines.

A sestet consists of six lines.

The rhyme structure for his version one is two sestets of A-AB-A-A-B and A-A-B-A-A-B. This is then followed by two quatrains of C-D-D-C and C-D-D-C.

The rhyme structure for version two is two sestets of A-A-B-B-B-A and A-A-B-B-B-A. Followed by two quatrains of C-D-D-C and C-D-D-C.

Using version one

World’s Collide By Helen Ingram

A- When two world’s collide,

A- Unable to put issues aside,

B-  Wartime vessels, and guns at the ready,

A- When children cried,

A- They witness people that have died,

B- Children running for comfort, holding their teddy.


A- All peace efforts have been denied,

A- Wanting to divide,

B- Unable to keep peace and stay steady,

A- An evil spirit lurks inside,

A- Wanting to misguide,

B- Evil spirit you so deadly.


C- Why can’t you mend?

D- Instead of wanting to destroy,

D- Need to give love to all and give out some toys,

C- Stop this bickering battle and befriend.


C- These views need to descend,

D- Need to start to enjoy,

D- Lets destroy this hatred and spread some joy,

C- Then  finally things can start to amend.


As you can tell I have stuck to the structure which Dante uses in his version one of a sonnet.



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