Love Is Happiness(Bowlesian Sonnet)
Bowlesian Sonnet or Australian Sonnet is attributed to English poet,
William Lisle Bowles (1762 -1850) whose book of 14 sonnets published
in 1789 was heralded for its 'simple sincerity' and expression of thought
through appreciation for life and nature. His works carried a tender tone
and have been described as melodious.
Although Bowles was English and probably never travelled to Australia, his sonnets did.
The honesty and serenity of his poems struck a chord in what was then England's
penal colony and the form was eventually adopted by the Aussies as their own.
The elements of the Bowlesian Sonnet are:
a quatorzain made up of 3 quatrains and a couplet.
rhymed abba cddc effe gg.
metric, iambic pentameter
composed with the pivot or volta between the 9th and 13th lines.
Love Is Happiness
If love is happiness, I shall love all
I shall love mother earth and her beauty
Shall love nature and her sublimity
Shall love the sky for its vast spread and sprawl
The forest and all the water bodies
The hills and dales and all flora-faunae
The whole human race, all their personae
I shall love everything that is worldly
But I ask, who can love a world of war
A war that kills children and innocents
That leaves much destruction and indigence
A war that shoves life to death down so far
A world of happiness alone I love
For happiness is love and only love
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem