There are 3 rules to sonnet writing
1 It must be 14 lines
2 It should be 10 syllables per line
3 It should rhyme a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g
Julia has made rules 2 and 3 optional.
She has also allowed us to overrun the 100 words - and I have to say, that's lucky!
For those who live beyond Shakespeare's 'sceptred isle', St George is probably less well known than good old Will. Suffice it to say he slayed the dragon, no doubt wresting a maiden from its fiery jaws at the eleventh hour in the process.
Alas, I must leave it to everyone else to tell both heroes' tales.
Here is my entry:
Would I could pen some literary rhyme
That heralded the works of saint and scribe,
To make you sigh – despite yourself – ‘Sublime!’
Not run amok to flee my diatribe.
Instead, ‘You are not Will!’ I hear you cry,
‘For pity’s sake, leave verse to better men,
‘Ere George abandon all damsels to fry,
Lest tarrying invoke your words again!
The bard will feel his grave untimely chill
With parodies of sonnets best forgot,
For as your lines are hollow, brash and shrill,
‘Twere better if this page were one vast blot!
When you can write of courage, beauty, love
Then let your verse arise to those above.’
Perhaps Julia should have had a 4th rule.
Something about content...!