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If It's a Square, It's a Sonnet

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Molly Burchell

on 16 October 2012

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Transcript of If It's a Square, It's a Sonnet

Chapter 4 If It's Square, It's a Sonnet Most poems from across history are sonnets. Sonnets have a few qualities that characterize them as sonnets. Sonnet Components A Sonnet is written in iambic pentameter meaning that it has ten syllables per line. It also has fourteen lines. The height of the fourteen lines is about as tall as the width of the ten syllables. This causes sonnets to form the shape of a square. The shape makes them easier to recognize as sonnets. Geometry of the Sonnet Shakespearean Types Of Sonnets The exceptions would be where the sonnet does not have the exact number of syllables cause the sonnet not to form the exact shape of a square.
An example of this would be the poem by Christine Rossetti "An Echo from Willow-wood". Exceptions to the Rules Foster uses the poem "An Echo from Willow-Wood"
by Christina Rossetti as an example of a sonnet. Authors Examples An example of a sonnet that we have read in school would be Shakespeare's Sonnet:18 "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day". In terms of sonnet recognition, formatting is everything.
Sonnets are supposed to possess specific qualities that help readers to classify them as sonnets and then to identify the type of sonnet that it is. Importance of Formatting Throughout history Sonnets have been a common
type of poetry. Some of the world's greatest poets
have been known for writing sonnets. A well known poet would be Shakespeare. Overall, sonnets have been a way to convey feeling or tell a story. Significance of the Sonnet Classroom Examples (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr Petrarchan -Rhyme scheme that ties
the first eight lines, and
the second six. -Rhyme scheme that
ties three sets of four and then a set of two lines at the end. Two gazed into a pool, he gazed and she,
Not hand in hand, yet heart in heart, I think,
Pale and reluctant on the water's brink,
As on the brink of parting which must be,
Each eyed the other's aspect, she and he,
Each felt one hungering heart leap up and sink
Each tasted bitterness which both must drink,
There on the vrink of life's dividing sea.
Lilies upon the surfacem deep below
Twp wistful faces craving each for each,
Resolute and reluctan without speech:-
A suddenripple made the faces flow,
One moment joined, to vanish out of reach:
So those hearts joined, and ah were parted so.
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