The reason I wrote a sonnet? Our literary magazine got nailed last year because almost every single poem we published was free-verse slam poetry (I can think of maybe one that wasn't free verse, but even then, it was no sonnet. :| ). My creative writing class has to submit two on-theme entries per person, so I took it on myself to write a sonnet.
Dunno what my other entry's going to be... I know for sure I'm submitting my short story, but honestly I don't know what else to send in. Suggestions? I can send in any number of entries, but only 3 of them can be published (maybe four if I beg and plead my teacher and we get desperate for good entries, but that's unlikely).
Fun fact: A quick trip to Wikipedia revealed that this poem is written in anapestic tetrameter. What does that mean? I'm glad you asked.A Statue of Two Soldiers in New York CityForgottens stand still in a sea of sick motion;Remembereds move past in a fast-blinding flashLike schoolfish stuck swimming in dark urban oceans.They pay their respects with their cigarette ash.The pigeons hop dumbly from statue to other,Their orange eyes staring, uncaring, and cold.Neglected, forgotten, these sentinel brothers—Sad stories of service to their home they told.The still ones sit, sentinel statues of past-time.They’re staring with unwearing eyes from beforeThe pavement came cov’ring in fast-forward fast-timeThe field where these soldiers took not a breath more.Still standing, still staring, their eyes watch the passesOf people past, paying respects in smoke ashes.
Anapestic: two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable.
Tetrameter: each line has four feet (that is, four sets of anapestic syllable patterns).
Allow me to demonstrate: (hyphens are unstressed, apostrophes are stressed, slashes denote each foot)
For-got'/tens- stand- still'/ in- a- sea'/ of- sick- mo'/tion-;A poem you all well know written in anapestic meter is "T'was the Night Before Christmas." Take a closer look at it: you'll see it. ;)
Re-mem'/bereds- move- past'/ in- a- fast'-blind-ing- flash'
I think I like anapestic meter because it has a lilting, lyrical feel to it. Plus, I feel really... scholarly... when I say that I wrote a sonnet in anapestic tetrameter.
There's your little poetry lesson for the day. :)