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  • 1. THE SONNET
  • 2. What is a sonnet?
    • This type of sonnet was introduced in England in the 16th century.
    • Shakespeare wrote 154 of them!
    • It’s a short poem with fourteen lines
      • Of the fourteen lines, the first twelve give the main idea and details.
      • The final two, a rhyming couplet, are a summarizing statement.
    • and a very strict rhyme scheme.
  • 3. What else is a sonnet?
    • Each line is written in iambic pentameter . This means you have 10 syllables total – every other one stressed.
    • In poetry, rhyme scheme is indicated by letters. The rhyme scheme of an Elizabethan/Shakespearean sonnet is as follows: abab cdcd efef gg
  • 4. Shakespearean Sonnet 18
    • Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day ?
    • Thou art more lovely and more temperate .
    • Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May .
    • And summer’s lease hath all too short a date .
    • Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines .
    • And often is his gold complexion dimmed.
    • And every fair from fair sometimes declines .
    • By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
    • But thy eternal summer shall not fade .
    • Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st :
    • Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade
    • When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st .
    • So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see.
    • So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
  • 5. A TOAST TO TOAST
    • Of all the snacks that beckon in the night
    • When tummies growl and gnawing hunger calls,
    • But one can satisfy my famished plight
    • And summons me to stumble through the halls.
    • Oh piece of bread, so humble in your slice
    • What magic turns your skin from white to brown?
    • What arrogant aromas do entice
    • When toaster pops and butter coats you down!
    • With cinnamon and sugar or with jam
    • I dress you in the ornaments of sweet
    • More sated, I, than proverb’s happy clam
    • When crispy, hot and warm my lips you meet.
    • Of every night-time treat you are the most
    • I honor you, great food, whose name is toast.
    2005 Gideon Burton