Alankar(Decor) -269 Poem by Indira Renganathan

Alankar(Decor) -269

Rating: 5.0

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

M Asim Nehal 10 May 2021

Awesome information followed by a wonderful poem on love. Full stars Madam...

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Beautiful Bowlesian Sonnet on love; nice rhyming structure; enjoyable too

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Thanks a lot for this Bowlesian Sonnet. A good learning that deserves 5 stars.

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Love is happiness! Loved reading this Alankar, dear Indira Ma'm

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Sylvia Frances Chan 11 May 2021

2) 5 Stars Full, dear Poetess! And after all you are absolutely right: Who can love a world of war? Profound poem, dear Madam.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 11 May 2021

1) A perfect and most beautiful Bowlesian Sonnet. I like very much to read the Intro information about the Sonnet. Fantastic explanation and loveliest rendered.

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