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Crash Course On Writing Sonnets

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For some people writing sonnets turn out to be the easiest of the poetry. Here is my little crash course for you guys to get going with the sonnets.

Submitted:Sep 2, 2008    Reads: 277    Comments: 3    Likes: 1   

Ok, first off, sonnets are about your emotions, that's all. You don't write about a particular incident, you write how YOU felt about it.
SONNETS ARE OF 14 LINES, ALWAYS. But that doesnt mean that just because you wrote a poem of 14 lines, it will be called a Sonnet, NO, NEVER!

They need to follow a rhyming scheme, and many other specifics. They are always written continuously:there are no line breaks. Having told you that, let us move on to the kinds of sonnets.

There are two types of sonnets:

1)Petrarchan sonnet
2)Shakespearean sonnet

I am not going to explain you about the history here, let me just tell you the method of writing both types

1)Petrarchan Sonnet:

It is a 14 lines poem, with a rhyming scheme of ABBAABBA CDECDE or CDCDCD. The first eight lines, called octave, DESCRIBES your

situation. You need to write whatever you feel in these lines. Some of you might be wondering what's that ABBA.. and all that? well, it just

means that the A's rhyme together, while the B's rhyme together, nothing else to worry about. And yeah, about the last 6 lines. They are

called sestet, and in these lines you'll have to write about the solution of the problem you mentioned earlier. You can write a solution,

maybe write about your hopelessness.

Petrarchan Sonnet is much easier to write than the Shakespearean one. If you are a beginner, start by writing this kind. It's much less

rigid. A tip for you, before you start off writing your poem, just think about the length of the poem and the way you are going to express

it. It'll help you figure out the important stuff which is to be included in the poem.

2)Shakespearean Sonnet:

They are also of 14 lines. The difference is that Shakespearean sonnets are far more rigid. The rhyming scheme is ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.

In the first 4 lines, you need to tell the main points of your story. In the other 4 you'll have to make it more complicated, thickening plot

:p while in the last four lines you need to create a turn, a twist.. Shakespeare himself often started these last four lines with "but", but

it's not necessary to keep with this tradition. In the last two lines, the couplet, you need to finish the poem. Coup de grace. Write

anything shocking, maybe hoplessness, or anything you feel will capture the reader's mind. Now you see what I meant when I said it's hard to


Side Note: I only write petrarchan sonnet, try both and go with the one you
are more comfortable. You need to practice writing sonnets to improve yourself.
Read more sonnets, and remember to read the right type, the one YOU are writing.
Hope you guys liked this little crash course of mine... please do comment on it.


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