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Monday, September 21, 2009

The Sonnet Summary: The Samsung World Championship

What? It’s Limerick Monday… and there’s no limerick?

Well, with the PGA taking the week off, I thought I’d take a shot at summarizing an LPGA event… but somehow, limericks just didn’t seem right for the ladies. Therefore, I’m going to try a sonnet summary.

When I mention sonnets, you may think of Shakespeare and his use of blank verse, which is by definition “unrhymed iambic pentameter.” For those of you who managed to avoid classical lit in high school, that simply means that, while the lines don't have to rhyme, each line of poetry has five stresses and usually ten syllables. (da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM―simple enough, eh?) Actually, blank verse is pretty easy to write because it’s very close to the way we normally talk. Once you get the rhythm in your head, you can do it almost without trying.

Alas, sonnets are rarely done in blank verse (although they do allow a little variation in the rhymes). Fourteen lines of iambic pentameter, all utilizing peculiar rhyme schemes, are the norm… which is why you won’t be seeing many sonnets from me! Still, with the PGA Tour on a bye week, I figured "why not?" It’ll give the ladies something to talk about.
They came for battle; twenty was their number.
They came, determination in their eyes.
The giant, Torrey Pines, in peaceful slumber
Awaited their attack ‘neath tranquil skies.

Would Creamer overcome her viral demons
And toast their end with victory’s champagne?
Would Number One, Ochoa, maybe dreamin’
Of future plans, step up and seize the reins?
Might rookies rise again to steal the prize?
These questions swirled, and more―but no replies.

For days inside the crucible they battled;
Four days they strained the precious from the dross.
And in the end ‘twas Na Yeon Choi whose mettle
Proved pure enough to deal the field a loss.
Kinda gets you right there, doesn’t it?


  1. Thanks, Diane. Sonnets are DEFINITELY harder than limericks... but I have noticed that it's the ladies who like this one best. Perhaps I should do more...?;)

  2. whats the problem and solution i need a sonnet for my high school college class.