of the sonnet
that, as one may imply
by its name
, is much less structured
than other sonnet
s. The only prerequisite
of a free form sonnet
is that it have fourteen lines. It does not require iambic pentameter
, or reason
'Free form Sonnet' is a contradiction in terms. When I first learned of the sonnet, it struck me as being the most structured poetic template ever conceived by the mind of man. Apparently somebody decided that it was "too" structured, and watered it down.
For examples of real 'I was written by manly men wearing pantaloons' sonnets, see the Petrarchan Sonnet, the Spenserian Sonnet, and the Shakespearean Sonnet.
Reading/writing a Free Form Sonnet is like drinking decaf.