Things You Learn in School- Spencerian Sonnets

We’ve talked about Spanish sonnets. We’ve spoken of English or shakespearian sonnets.

And now, a third variety of sonnet for your dining and dancing pleasure- the Spencerian sonnet.

The rhyme scheme for a Spencerian sonnet is a bit more complex. It goes

abab bcbc cdcd ee

In other words,

  • Lines 1 and 3 rhyme;
  • Lines 2, 4, 5 and 7 rhyme;
  • Lines 6, 8, 9, and 11 rhyme;
  • Lines 10 and 12 rhyme;
  • And lines 13 and 14 rhyme, finishing the sonnet in a couplet.

And, on top of that, you still have iambic pentameter to figure in as well.

It’s a more complex type of sonnet, but very satisfying when you can create one that lives and breathes and sings within the structure of the form.

I’ll be sending one of my Spencerian sonnets in your direction soon.

Catherine Kane

2/22/12

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