How to write a sonnet

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Christina Gibbons

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A sonnet is a verse form of Italian origin consisting of fourteen lines in iambic pentameter with rhymes arranged according to a fixed scheme. Now that you know what a sonnet it, go write one, right now… Let's be real, you're not going to write a sonnet. Why would I think that? It's not easy to make one right off the top of your head. It takes time and patience to complete a well-written poem. Even William Shakespeare himself most likely went through some difficulty while writing. Let's break it down on what it really takes to write a sonnet in complete form.

First of all in order to write a sonnet, you need to know what the topic will be. That would be the basis of the poem. Next, make sure you know what the theme is and the tone of the poem, whether it stays the same or changes.

The tone is an attitude that the speaker gives out towards the reader. A sonnet consists of fourteen lines, each having ten syllables. Also, there has to be some sort of a rhyme scheme such as "abab,cdcd,efef,gg." Are you thinking why the last two letters are the same? They are considered the last two lines of the poem, called a rhyming couplet, which means they are bath rhyming back to back. These lines usually sums up the message or significance of the sonnet. The other lines are rhyme schemes, which are patterns of rhymes between lines in a poem. In this case they are alternating rhymes. Fourteen lines of the poem make up three quatrains and a rhyming couplet. A quatrain is basically a stanza with four lines having alternating rhymes. Within the whole sonnet you should include a variety of different literary...