What is a Sonnet? Sonnets are poems of 14 lines done in an iambic pentameter style. There are three main styles of sonnet:
The style popularized by Shakespeare has this rhyming scheme:
abab cdcd efef gg
The Italian is based on the works of Petrarch, who wrote in the fourteenth century. It uses the following scheme:
abbaabba cdecde (or cdcdcd)
Edmund Spencer popularized the final style of sonnet with this rhyme:
abab bcbc cdcd ee
Lisa's Poetry Information and Tips
Bookmark this site so you can reference it any time you need the info in the future!
All content copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.
You MUST GET WRITTEN PERMISSION to reprint or republish any of this material.
Lisa Shea's Ethics of Reviews | About Lisa Shea