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All sonnets are fourteen lines The first sonnet ever was written by Petrarch Slant rhyme: a rhyme that isn't perfect EVERY SHAKESPEAREAN sonnet is set up in the rhyme scheme of: ABABCDCDEFEFGG The first three sections (ABAB) (CDCD) (EFEF) are quatrains Because they have 4 lines The last rhyme is a couplet Meter: measures rhythm Rythm: beat The smallest meter measurement is a foot, which is one syllable An iamb is two syllables, with the first one unstressed and the second is stressed Iambic Pentameter: five iambs Unrhymed iambic pentameter is called blank verse Free verse: no rules SONNET 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Should I compare you to a summer's day?)Thou art more lovely and more temperate: (You are more lovely and calm)Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, (Summer storms shake the tulips of May)And summer's lease hath all too short a date: