What is an English
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
and a very strict rhyme scheme.
What else is a
Each line is written in iambic
pentameter. This means you have
10 syllables total – every other one
In poetry, rhyme scheme is indicated
by letters. The rhyme scheme of an
Elizabethan/Shakespearean sonnet is
as follows: abab cdcd efef gg
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.
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