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Sempiternal Sanguinity

A Petrarchan Tautogram Sonnet

By J. S. WadePublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Sempiternal Sanguinity
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Sempiternal Sanguinity

Seditious secrets stimulating,

shackle sincere serendipitous souls.

Sociopathic sins, sensations stole.

Succorers stabbed, surety slaying.

Strident squabbles, supporters suffocating.

Sanctimonious smears, sanctity sold.

Savage scoundrels sabotage, scold.

Shouldn’t sinister snakes stop speculating?


Sage swains seek sempiternal solutions.

Sending serpentine sadists scalding shade.

Sweethearts sojourn, synchronize steadiness,

Sufferance, solace, sagaciously slate.

Solidarity’s slain sans selflessness.

Success secures superlative soulmates.

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A sonnet about busy bodies who interfere in a couples relationship.

I chose to combine a Tautogram poem with a Petrarchan Sonnet. A Tautogram is a poem or text utilizing the same first letter for each word. (Greek: tauto gramma, “same letter”)

A Petrarchan Sonnet is also known as an Italian Sonnet named for the Italian poet Francesco Petrarca, 1304 -1374. The form was not created by him but by a string of Renaissance poets. Petrarca is noted for his perfection of the form. It's form is recognized as one of the two major forms of Sonnets. The other being Shakespearean/Elizabethan.

The fourteen-line Sonnet is a sequence of an Octave of eight lines ABBA, ABBA, which raises a question. This is followed by a Sestet of six-lines CDCDCD or CDECDE in response. My education continues.

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About the Creator

J. S. Wade

Since reading Tolkien in Middle school, I have been fascinated with creating, reading, and hearing art through story’s and music. I am a perpetual student of writing and life.

J. S. Wade owns all work contained here.

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  • Rachael MacDonald2 months ago

    Incredibly impressive and creative. Your hardwork shows.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Sorry I took so long to get here to this one. This is very clever. I had never heard of that form of sonnet before, so it was nice to learn something new along with reading your beautiful words. Impactful and full of meaning. Congrats on Top Story too!

  • Sara Wynn2 months ago

    What a fantastic read! I love a good sonnet, and this is a really thoughtful tautogram.

  • The Dani Writer2 months ago

    Superb and unique language skills!

  • Madison Newton2 months ago

    Very impressive Scott, nice job!

  • Nicely done, beautiful, and thank you for the lesson on Sonnets! - Anneliese

  • Lisa Herdman2 months ago

    The alliteration with the letter "s" makes it read like a snake hissing the entire piece. This is incredible!

  • Charlotte Flores2 months ago

    Your poem is incredibly powerful and thought-provoking. It speaks to the destructive nature of secrecy and deception, and the importance of finding solutions and support in the face of such harm. Your use of alliteration and rhyme adds an extra layer of complexity and beauty to the piece. Well done!

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  • C. H. Richard2 months ago

    Woohoo so happy to see as a Top Story! Congratulations!

  • Morgana Miller2 months ago

    This is so well-done! I love this line, "Shouldn’t sinister snakes stop speculating?"

  • I alwasy love a good sonnet. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Always an Excellent read 📖 ❤️✨💯😉🎉Congratulations on your Top Story❗

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    Congrats on this epic poem becoming a Top Story!💞

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Very nice.

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  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    A winner!!! Excellent work congratulations 🎉

  • Muhammad Ali2 months ago

    It's quite an intriguing and thought-provoking poem with a juxtaposition of contrasting themes and emotions. The first half portrays the darker side of humanity, while the second half seems to offer a ray of hope and a search for eternal solutions. Dear [scott wade], I hope this message finds you well. I have recently written a poem and I'm seeking feedback from an expert like you to help me improve it. I would greatly appreciate any tips or suggestions you may have to make my poem better. Here's a link to my poem: [https://vocal.media/poets/night-of-terror-a-haunting-journey-of-a-fateful-couple]. Thank you for taking the time to read my message, and I look forward to hearing back from you. Best regards, [muhammad ali ]

  • Kristen Balyeat2 months ago

    Amazing work, Scott! Beautifully executed! Thank you for the information- so fun to lean something new. Congrats on top story! Definitely deserved! 💫

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    This was simply fantastic, Scott!! I loved learning about this form. You made it look so easy. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story , well done

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This was destined to be a TS. Congrats!

  • Whoaaa, my education continues too! You did a fantastic job with the Tautogram and Petrarchan Sonnet!

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    So complex, yet concise, although I had to look up a couple words 😅 I now know what sempiternal means... Great job

  • Roy Stevens2 months ago

    Neat idea to combine the two. While I was going through the first reading I thought I picked up on the rhythm, but then I thought... naw, that be too much work! 🤣 Shows what I know. That worked great!

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