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Definition: written in iambic pentameter and consisting of three quatrains and a final couplet with the rhyme scheme "abab cdcd efef gg"


Example: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? *A*/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate: *B*/ Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, A/ And summer's lease hath all too short a date; B/ Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, *C*/ And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; *D*/ And every fair from fair sometime declines, *C*/ By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; *D*/ But thy eternal summer shall not fade *E*/ Nor lose possesion of that fair thou ow'st; *F*/ Nor shall death brag thou Aample:* Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? *A*/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate: *B*/ Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, *A*/ And summer's lease hath all too short a date; B/ Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, *C*/ And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; *D*/ And every fair from fair sometime declines, C/ By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; DCample:* Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? *A*/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate: *B*/ Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, *A*/ And summer's lease hath all too short a date; *B*/ Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, *C*/ And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; *D*/ And every fair from fair sometime declines, *C*/ By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; D/ But thy eternal summer shall not fade *E*/ Nor lose possesion of that fair thou ow'st; *F*/ Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade E/ When in eternal lines to time thou grow'stFEample:* Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? *A*/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate: *B*/ Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, *A*/ And summer's lease hath all too short a date; *B*/ Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, *C*/ And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; *D*/ And every fair from fair sometime declines, *C*/ By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; *D*/ But thy eternal summer shall not fade *E*/ Nor lose possesion of that fair thou ow'st; *F*/ Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade *E*/ When in eternal lines to time thou grow'stF/ So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, *G*/ So long lives this and this gives life to thee.GGample:* Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? *A*/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate: *B*/ Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, *A*/ And summer's lease hath all too short a date; *B*/ Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, *C*/ And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; *D*/ And every fair from fair sometime declines, *C*/ By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; *D*/ But thy eternal summer shall not fade *E*/ Nor lose possesion of that fair thou ow'st; *F*/ Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade *E*/ When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st*F*/ So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, *G*/ So long lives this and this gives life to thee.*G* (Shakespeare's Sonnet 18)