​Personalised Shakespearean
Style Sonnet

​Get a ​Shakespearean Style Sonnet written specifically for yourself, or someone special to you.  

​Every sonnet is a unique original work of writing based on the details provided about the recipient.

How oft when in a card you must compose

Do you put pen to lip and start to think,

And try to form your thoughts in verse or prose

In hope for inspiration made from ink?

The words begin to swirl inside your mind

Of all the traits you know they do possess;

Like helpful, beauty, generous, and kind,

Honest with a natural gentleness.

Then as you put your nib upon the card

The words you thought were there are there no more;

Your fear reminds you that you are no bard

And floods you with the times you failed before.

          But I can turn your knowledge to delight

          You be the thoughts, and I the pen to write.


I was spoilt with a personalised birthday sonnet commissioned from Paul Adams of Small Crown Productions. Feeling blessed.




​This is fantastic, Thank you so much! Perfect!


For Imogen

Imagine if in all the world was she,

Who in herself all beauty did contain;

And any other eyes delight you see

Against this one its beauty would look plain.

Enraptured by the sunset and sunrise

That only can be seen but once a day,

A greater light of joy comes from her eyes

Each time she blink doth heavens eye decay.

Imagine next skin softer than the stream

That brings a mighty peace with weakest touch.

Imagine all these things are but a dream

And we on earth would never see as such.

       A chance there is, this one you could yet know,

       Imagine you replacing 'A' with 'O'.


A Shakespearean style sonnet has:

  • 14 lines of text
  • Each line 10 syllables long
  • 12 lines of ABABCDCDEFEF Rhyming pattern, ended with a rhyming couplet.
  • A 'turn' in line 9 or 13 - this takes the sonnet in a new direction.  
    • In the example 'For Imogen' after being told that a woman like this is but a dream, the turn reveals that not only could she be real but we may know here.  By replacing the A in imagine with an O her name is revealed.
    • In the example 'For Kimie' we hear about a dancer so horrible in their technique that we would want to run away from the performance.  The sonnet leads us to think it talks of Kimie, but Line 13, the turn, reveals ​something different.

Give A One-Of-A-Kind Unique Personalised Gift.

Imagine being able to present an entirely unique and personalised gift to someone that is special to you.  Maybe it's your partner, a friend, or even a work colleague that has played a special part in your growth and development in the workplace.  ​

What if your gift was not something purchased at a store like every other 'thing' someone could buy them.  What if your gift ​stopped them in their tracks, causes them to stop just for a momnet and understand how you truly feel about them.  ​

Fourteen lines of iambic verse that speaks of their loves, their experiences, their life in a way never expressed before.

A sonnet filled with a moments, thoughts or ideas shared between you and them, based on your knowledge and experiences together.

Each verse lovingly curated to speak to them.

Each line crafted with your knowledge about them.

The result truly is a message from you.

A personal message from you designed to have a deeper meaning ​that speaks to their heart.

The type of gift that moves someones soul and is remembered for a long time to come.

Pressing the 'Get Started Now' button will take you to a page where you can purchase ​your sonnet.  

Once purchased you will receive an email with a link to a ​questionnaire so you can provide ​some information so the sonnet can be as personalised as possible.

Please note, not all the information about the person will be used.  Having a wide range of information creates options that can be used as inspiration.  

You will be able to choose your own style either Love, Comedy or Inspirational with themes, and ideas specific to the recipient threaded through the text.

The sonnet will be delivered via email so you can copy and paste or rewrite in your chosen format.

​Sonnets are guaranteed within 14 days but an express option can also be purchased.


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Thank you so much.


​For Kimie

The elephant that tramples through the woods

And shakes the ground beneath its flattened feet,

Remind me of a dancer that ne'er should

Ever dancing shoes, been allowed to meet.

As mighty winds convulse and wildly blow

Caused by unnatural twists upon the floor,

The quickest pace to leave is still too slow

As all retreat and crowd the narrow door.

The rumbling of the strong volcanoes fire

Is softer than the bouncing of this miss,

And as she lands the devils do enquire

"When were we evil such as deserve this?"​

       If you did ever try to dance so poor

       Your grace would make you fail, so try no more.

The Author

My name is Paul Adams and I am an experienced Shakespearean performer and lover of the Elizabethan stage.

​My work as a professional actor, director and producer spans ​15 years for a number of companies. The works of Shakespeare formed the base of ​my productions for many years prior to moving into the professional arena and ​I continue to find​ myself drawn to working with the bard.

The example sonnets 'For Kimie' and 'For Imogen' are two of a set of twenty three personalised sonnets, written as gifts for the cast and main crew ​on a production of​ A Midsummer Nights Dream.  

I have also written sonnets as going away gifts for co-workers leaving jobs, birthday's, wedding anniversaries and advertising copy for a t-shirt store online.  

To date I have written close to fifty personalised sonnets.

​We respect your privacy and will not share your details.

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