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Sonnet l A fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter; used to explore such deeply felt issues as the fleeting nature of love and the aching questions of mortality; typically presents a problem/issue and then offers a “solution”
Volta (Turn) l The switch from problem to resolution.
Line Groupings Couplet A series of two rhymed lines with a pattern of AA, meaning that the ends of the two lines rhyme with each other. Quatrain A series/unit of four rhymed lines Sestet A series/unit of six rhymed lines Octave A series/unit of eight rhymed lines
Types of Sonnets ITALIAN/PETRARCHAN SONNET l Consists of one octave and one sestet l l l In the octave, a question, problem, or situation is presented In the sestet, an answer or solution to the problem is provided Generally follows rhyme scheme ABBA CDECDE
Types of Sonnets ENGLISH/SHAKESPEAREAN SONNET l Consists of three quatrains and one couplet l l l Allows for a more detailed development of the question, problem, or situation The answer/solution is provided quickly in the couplet Generally follows rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
Types of Sonnets SPENSERIAN SONNET l Consists of three quatrains and one couplet l Generally follows the rhyme scheme ABAB BCBC CDCD EE
Let’s Practice!! - “Not in a Silver Casket…” Not in a silver casket cool with pearls Or rich with red corundum or with blue, Locked, and the key withheld, as other girls Have given their loves, I give my love to you; 5 Not in a lovers’-knot, not in a ring Worked in such fashion, and the legend plain – Semper fidelis, where a secret spring Kennels a drop of mischief for the brain: Love in the open hand, no thing but that, 10 Ungemmed, unhidden, wishing not to hurt, As one should bring you cowslips in a hat Swung from the hand, or apples in her skirt. I bring you, calling out as children do: “Look what I have! – And these are all for you. ”