BRITISH POETRY FORUM 2 - This means that when writing this...

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BRITISH POETRY FORUM 2 It appears that out of all of the sonnet forms, the Spenserian, Shakespearean, and Petrarchan, the Petrarchan sonnet, also called the Italian sonnet is the hardest to write of all three forms. This is especially true if it is written in English. A Petrarchan sonnet is Italian in origin and therefore the Italian language, or one of the other romance languages, has many more rhyming words than English and therefore it is easier to write this form in Italian. It is just entirely more difficult to find English words that rhyme in the right way in the right places without it sounding strange. It also has very strict rules about rhyming. The scheme is more varied and challenging. Also, the first stanza contains a rhyming couplet and if not done properly it can sound strangely repetitive. There is a very strict rhyming pattern also of abba abba.
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Unformatted text preview: This means that when writing this type of sonnet, the poet must complete half of it with only a couple or rhymes. In comparison, the Spenserian can have three rhymes and the Shakespearean can have four. Then the sestet can go one of several ways in the pattern of cdecde, cdeced, or cdcdcd. The other sonnet forms let the writer have twelve lines to develop an idea, but the Petrarchan only allows seven or eight lines, so it is much more of a challenge to condense it down. Likewise, the resolution is much longer so there is another challenge of having to have a highly developed resolution nearly the same size as the original idea. A Shakespearean sonnet, with its alternating rhymes is way more subtle. The ending couplet gives a definitive ending. The Petrarchan needs a more delicate touch to achieve the same things and this is why it is harder to write....
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