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The Sonnet Form


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The word sonnet comes from the Italian word sonnetto, which means
"little song."
The Shakespearean sonnet almost always
follows the same format.
It has
14 lines with approximately 10 syllables each.
Each line of the sonnet is written in
iambic pentameter.
The prefix pent means
A line of iambic pentameter consists of
10 syllables, or 5 iambs of 2 syllables each.
An iamb is
an "unstressed" ("U") syllable followed by a "stressed" ("/") syllable.
Shakespearean sonnets always have the same rhyme scheme:
ABABCDCDEFEFGG, enging with the rhyming couplet, or 2 rhyming lines.