Thursday, November 21, 2013


The dwellers of the cave all have no sight
With which to understand reality;
The shadows of the cave are all they see,
Forever isolated from the light.
As metal chains hold them all at the site,
None of them could ever decide to flee.
None of them even think of going free:
Too, shackles on their minds prevent their flight.
But if somehow by stroke of fortune fair
One of these prisoners is then released,
The world of which he had been unaware,
The water and the sunrise from the east
Would certainly reveal to him the truth,
And finally free him from his despair.

on a side note, thank you so much RhymeZone, couldn't've done it without you man

UPDATE: since Maddi was asking about the Petrarchan rhyme scheme, I added some scrollover text with letters to show the line pairings. Maybe it'll help someone :)


  1. I guess i'm a little confused on the rhyme scheme, but I am not totally clear on petrarchan sonnets, and I trust you know exactly what you're doing. I totally used Rhymezone too! haha yaayy! I appreciate the way you took simpler words and make a picture with them, like "the water and teh sunrise from the east", that really gives a clear view for me. It was relatable, it was smart, it was a sonnet. It actually talked about Allegory of the Cave. You are a genius, A++ to Lisa Malins. :)

    Your blog is super techy and up on everything, not to mention Random Absence Mentoring is always fantastic and I totally use it all the time. The work you put in to that is not appreciated enough. I really do use it so much.
    My question is would you explain a Petrarchan sonnet to me?

    1. Thank you for your kind words! And yes, I wrote my Allegory of the Cave sonnet Petrarchan-style, because I figured everyone else would do Shakespearean :P

      so, here's an explanation of the Petrarchan sonnet:
      it has 14 lines in two parts: an octave (8) and a sestet (6)
      the octave has the rhyme scheme ABBA ABBA
      the sestet has whatever rhyme scheme you want, basically, but it has to have at least two rhyming sounds and can't end in a couplet
      (here, I did C D C D E C. You're allowed to have unpaired lines, too)
      the transition between the octave and the sestet is usually also a change of topic, called a volta (Italian for "turn")
      for example, here I talked about the cave dwellers in the octave, and the freed man in the sestet.
      also, all sonnets are usually written in iambic pentameter, which makes it a lot harder to write but gives it a nice flow.

      I hope that helps, Maddi!

  2. I really like you sonnet ! It was a short and sweet way of summarizing Platos' Allegory of the Cave. I disagree with your post on Maddis wall, your sonnet is far from boring my dear.

  3. Oh Lisa, you are definitely one of the best innovators I've seen in my high school career. The little scroll overs really helped! Your sonnet does capture the essence of Plato's allegory and I like the line about fortune fair. What do you think the final essay topic will be on? And I reallly like the background of your blog!
    Catch me at !!