Things You Learn in School- Shakespearian (English) Sonnets

We’ve talked about sonnets in previous posts. We’ve talked about iambic pentameter and the basics of sonnets and sonnets and rhyme schemes. We’ve looked at one form of sonnet, the Spanish sonnet and seen an example of that.

But we’re not done yet…

(If you need to review, the links above are provided for your convenience.)

Next. let’s look at the English sonnet, also known as the Shakespearean sonnet because of a certain bard of Avon.

In the English sonnet, we have three sets of four lines each to carry the theme, and a final couplet (two lines) to sum it up. The basic rhyme scheme of an English sonnet is

abab
cdcd
efef
gg

And that’s all you need to get started.

If you’d like an example, an English sonnet is on the way….

Catherine Kane

2/16/12

 
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