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Playing with poetic forms can be challenging – and a lot of fun. Here I have created a Petrarchan sonnet that stays true to traditional form (14 lines, strict rhyming pattern, iambic pentameter) but changes the tone to something a little more… dark.

Enjoy this dark noir narration, like a movie scene, by the incomparable Simon Howard on Twitter.


  1. A Petrarchan sonnet…very tough to do, but you nailed it. Love how the darkness and the rhyme work together to paint a vivid yet soft picture of suicide and despair. Well done!

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