My Gedanken Experiments

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The sonnet is a 14 line poem, the name coming from the notion that a sonnet is a “little song.”

The most common form of sonnet is the Petrarchan sonnet, whose 14 lines consist of an eight line (octet) stanza and a 6 line stanza (sestet). In this form, the rhyme scheme for the eight line stanza is ABBAABBA, the six line sestet is either CDCDCD or CDEEDE. The Italian form of the Petrarchan has the rhyme scheme of the sestet as CDDCEE. These have other variations as well.

Writing Poetry: The Sonnet

I find sonnets particularly difficult.  Their strict form is quite different from the way I talk.  I usually think in tetrameter, so I have to force myself to do pentameter.  This means I have to add syllables to make it work.  The rhyme scheme is also a challenge.  I found a definition on line,...

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