how to write a sonnet

how to write a sonnet - How to Write a Sonnet The sonnet, a...

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How to Write a Sonnet The sonnet, a 14-line poem, has two main types: English (or Shakespearean) and Italian (or Petrarchan). Here is the format for writing a Shakespearean sonnet.   Steps: 1. Select the subject matter for your sonnet. Themes have often focused on love or philosophy, but modern sonnets can cover almost any topic. 2. Divide the theme of your sonnet into two sections. In the first section you will present the situation or thought to the reader; in the second section you can present some sort of conclusion or climax. 3. Compose your first section as three quatrains - that is, three sections of four lines each. 4. Write the three quatrains with an a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f rhyme scheme, where each letter stands for a line of the sonnet and the last words of all lines with the same letter rhyme with each other. Most sonnets employ the meter of iambic pentameter (see Tips), as seen in these three quatrains from Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 30': 5. Here is an example of the rhyme scheme in 'Sonnet 30': When to the sessions of sweet silent thought (a)
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