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Sonnets. Major literary form All have 14 lines and follow a rhyme scheme Sonnet Cycles: Series of sonnets that explore a person or theme, usually love. Designed to be read as a series, but all poems should stand alone. Petrarchan (Italian) Sonnet.

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sonnets
Sonnets
  • Major literary form
  • All have 14 lines and follow a rhyme scheme
  • Sonnet Cycles: Series of sonnets that explore a person or theme, usually love.
  • Designed to be read as a series, but all poems should stand alone.
petrarchan italian sonnet
Petrarchan (Italian) Sonnet
  • Named after Petrarch (1304-1374), an Italian Poet
  • Divided in octave (eight lines) and sextet (six lines)
  • Octave poses a problem, and sextet offers a solution to that problem.
  • Rhyme scheme: abbaabbacdcdcd
  • Another rhyme scheme: abbaabbacdecde
english shakespearean sonnet
English (Shakespearean) Sonnet
  • Used by many writers throughout the English Renaissance (ie. Shakespeare, Sidney).
  • Divided into three quatrains (four lines) and a final couplet (two lines)
  • Usually written in iambic pentameter, though not always, and not consistently
  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdefefgg
spenserian sonnet
Spenserian Sonnet
  • Used by Edmund Spencer.
  • Variation of English Sonnet
  • Rhyme Scheme: ababbcbccdcdee
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