British Poetry Seminar I(2019)


Sonnet. A lyric poem consisting of a single stanza of fourteen iambic pentameter
lines linked by an intricate rhyme scheme. There are two major patterns
of rhyme in sonnets written in the English language:


(1) The Italian or Petrarchan sonnet (named after the fourteenthcentury
Italian poet Petrarch) falls into two main parts: an octave
(eight lines) rhyming abbaabba followed by a sestet (six lines)
rhyming cdecde or some variant, such as cdccd


(2)The Earl of Surrey and other English experimenters in the sixteenth
century also developed a stanza form called the English sonnet, or
else the Shakespearean sonnet, after its greatest practitioner. This
sonnet falls into three quatrains and a concluding couplet: abab cdcd
efef gg. There was one notable variant, the Spenserian sonnet, in
which Spenser linked each quatrain to the next by a continuing
rhyme: abab bebe cdcd



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