Heaven and Hell


Heaven and Hell
(Petrarchan Sonnet)

On high thy angels sing songs to their Lord

In pure white garb, radiantly attired.

Bright presence of the King of Kings inspired

To praise Him in His glory, Christ adored,

By they who hath attained their just reward.

In all the heavenly hosts , He be admired,

A model of pure righteousness desired

By souls who want to seek a true accord.

Alas, there are those who cannot relate.

Their stone cold hearts are driven to rebel.

Consuming passion oft seals bitter fate.

They can’t control their hungers very well.

And so, they turneth backs on Heaven’s gate

To soon become the denizens of hell.


Author Notes

Heaven or Hell is the choice we make.

This poem is a Petrarchan Sonnet.

A Petrarchan sonnet is fundamentally a dialectical construct which allows the poet to examine the nature and ramifications of two usually contrastive ideas,emotions, states of mind, beliefs, actions, events, images, etc., by juxtaposing the two against each other, and possibly resolving or just revealing the tensions created and operative between the two. 

This Italian format of the sonnet is divided into two sections by two different groups of rhyming sounds.

The first 8 lines is called the octave and rhymes:  a b b a a b b a 

The remaining 6 lines is called the sestet and can have either two or three rhyming sounds, arranged in a variety of ways,

such as:  c d c d c d 

The change that occurs at the beginning of L9 in the Italian sonnet is called the Volta, or “turn”; the turn is an essential element of the sonnet form, perhaps the essential element. It is at the Volta that the second idea is introduced. 

The artwork is courtesy of Yahoo Images


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