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The Sonnet


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Notes on the Shakespearean sonnet

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The Sonnet

  1. 1. THE SONNET
  2. 2. What is an English  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. 3. What else is a  sonnet? Each line is written in iambic pentameter. This means you have 10 syllables total – every other one is 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. 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. 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