If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
~Jim Morrison

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Since I must aid you in learning to rhyme,
you must learn to understand what I meant
when I said “you need better ways to vent
because you always seem to waste my time.
I am a millionaire after each dime
I earned betting on the fact that each cent
you waste on things you don’t need is soon spent
to pass through obstacles we all must climb.
To rap is to express your inner pain.
Complaints and tantrums are unbecoming
when your aim is to not be seen as vain.
At least imagine that you have one chain
dragging you down, causing intense numbing
inspiring you to change, beginning your reign
 
What was enjoyable about writing a sonnet? What was difficult?
I attempted to complete this specific entry weeks ago, but couldn’t figure out how to share the stories I wanted to tell within 14 lines, within a set rhyme scheme, within 10 syllables per line. 
 
I’ve had to write quite a few sonnets in my French classes, but for some reason writing in English was more difficult. 
 
Possibly, this is because the French language is a romance language, and the words flow very easily, while English simply doesn’t roll off the tongue. 
 
I enjoyed the challenge of writing a sonnet, and was motivated to complete one, even if other entries would’ve been easier for me to attempt.
 
I chose the Petrarchan sonnet over the Shakespearean sonnet because I’ve read, seen, and acted in a lot of Shakespeare works over the years and wanted to try something I was unfamiliar with. 
 
Reading sonnets by Wordsworth, Shelley, and Larkin then proceeding to try to create my own helped me appreciate the time, effort, and talent that went into each of their works. 
 
I focused on finding words that rhymed and trying to tell a story using the worlds I felt fit well together, which resulted in my finally writing a sonnet, but on nowhere near the level of Keats, Millay, or Whitman.
 
On Seeing the Elgin Marbles, is short and sweet, yet every word hold meaning and helps to convey the message of the story. 
 
I wonder whether or not Keats planned what he wanted to say beforehand, and worked within the confines of the sonnet rules to display those messages. 
 
He may have written an outline, or he may have simply written whatever popped into his head, and proceeded to edit the poem until it became a proper sonnet.
 
The best part about this experience is my newfound appreciation for the poets who have come before me. 
 
You don’t realize how difficult something is until you try it yourself. 
 
I absolutely hated sonnets from previous assignments in other classes, but now I understand the art and magic and have come to enjoy reading and analyzing the texts presented in class. 
 
I hope that with time, my sonnet writing will improve, and I will be closer to the geniuses who have inspired me.
 
This is officially the second day that I’ve managed to complete another entry for my Literary Studies class. 
 
I almost gave up on this topic but decided that the challenge was worth the satisfaction of completion, and I was right in my judgement.
 
 
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Hi there, I just wanted to add that these “Reader’s Notebook” posts are unedited versions of what I submitted to my English professor for my final project. 
 
Honestly, I am pretty hard on myself – especially when it comes to writing – so having a record of what I deemed to “acceptable” work will help me hold myself accountable. In this way, I will be able to truly track my progress as a writer.

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