Notes for Sonnets: and the English Sonnet.

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Notes for Sonnets:
Sonnets come in a variety of forms. The two types of sonnets we will learn are the Italian Sonnet
and the English Sonnet.
Italian (Petrarchan) Sonnet: 14 line poem that contains:
1 Octave
1 Sestet
Turn = Slight shift in focus between content in the octave and the sestet
Iambic Pentameter
What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
A
B
B
A
A
B
B
A
OCTAVE
Turn Occurs here….
Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
C
D
E
D
C
A little while, that in me sings no more.
E
SESTET (can vary )
English (Shakespearean) Sonnet: A 14 line poem that contains:
3 Quatrains
1 Couplet
Iambic Pentameter
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
A
B
A
B
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d
C
D
C
D
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade
When in eternal lines time thou growest:
E
F
E
F
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
G
G
Quatrain 1
Quatrain 2
Quatrain 3
Couplet
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