Sonnets

Shakespearean Sonnet For Halloween

One Halloween, I was inspired to write a sonnet about candy corn while I was studying Shakespeare. There is something so simple about the confection, yet it possesses complex symbolism. In case a reader does not catch it, I will explain! The sonnet as a whole explains the colors of candy corn: white, orange, and yellow. Each stanza then focuses on one color and lists examples of how that color applies to the subject of Halloween!

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Analysis of Form and Technique

Candy Corn

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Published: December 2014

Against the black void, looms the lunar sphere.
Hungry ghosts haunt, satisfied by fright.
Oh my! The children's faces blanch in fear.
And thus the small summit embodies white.

Dwindle do the autumn leaves to the ground.
From the fire, the cold meets its warm demise.
Halloween's favorite gourd, carved and round
And thus the middle is where orange lies.

Farms and tractor-pulled rides, hay is handy.
The black cat's eerie eyes gleam from its face.
The vegetable tastes not like the candy.
And thus concludes yellow to form the base.

White, orange, and yellow make something sweet.
Enjoy some candy corn, Halloween's treat!

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For Students - Analysis of Form and Technique

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Techniques This Poem Uses:

  • This is an example of a Shakespearean Sonnet. There are three different types of sonnets: English (Shakespearean), Italian (Petrarchan), and Spenserian. All sonnets are made up of 14 lines.

    Shakespearean Sonnets (named after William Shakespeare who wrote more than 150 of them) follow these rules:

    14 line poem

    3 quatrains (4 line stanzas) followed by 1 couplet (2 line stanza)

    Rhyming scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG

    Read more about Sonnets.
    PDF of Shakespearean Sonnet to write your own
  • This poem contains symbolism. The author uses the colors of candy corn to make connections to different aspects of Halloween.

    White:
    lunar sphere
    ghosts
    children's faces

    Orange:
    autumn leaves
    fire
    gourd

    Yellow:
    hay
    black cat's eerie eyes
    vegetables

  • This poem uses strong action verbs to describe the aspects of Halloween. Action verbs tell what a person, animal, or thing is doing. Using specific verbs helps create pictures in the reader's mind.

    Against the black void looms the lunar sphere.
    Hungry ghosts haunt
    The children's faces blanch in fear.
    The black cat's eerie eyes gleam from its face.

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