How to Write a Sonnet
A sonnet is made up of fourteen lines divided into four
Hello, I'm Milo for About.com, and today we are talking about how to write a sonnet. The sonnet expresses or explores one idea or more typically an emotion. It uses it's 14 lines to delve into one aspect of it's theme and express in a compelling way. Shakespeare typically dealt with love, creating colorful metaphors, or heart rending images of longing. So a sonnet is made up of 14 lines divided into 4 sections, the first 3 sections are made up of 4 lines each, called quatrains. The last section is made up of two lines, called a couplet. These sonnets are written in Iambic Pentameter. It is a way of creating rhythm using stressed and unstressed syllables in patterns. So an Iamb is a unit also called a foot of one stressed and one unstressed syllable. Pentameter means that there are 5 of these units together in a line.Look at this line from Shakespeare Sonnet 12: When I do count the clock that tells the time, Practice the intonation to get the hang of it! Each quatrain and the couplet must be made to rhyme in a specific way: 1st quatrain - ABAB - this means that the first line must rhyme with the third line and the second and fourth must rhyme as well. 2nd quatrain - CDCD - The pattern is the same as the first quatrain, only with a new set of rhyming words. 3rd quatrain - EFEF - And again as before. Couplet - GG - The two lines must rhyme but differently in sound from the quatrains. So taking this into account divide your paper into four sections and assign each section the content and the following structure: First quatrain - introduce the subject matter you have chosen for your sonnet in four lines following the rules I have just explained. Second quatrain - develop your theme, expand on it, make it flourish Third quatrain - further enhance your theme, here a sudden turn may occur a sort of climax if you will. Couplet - Conclusion, resolve what you have been talking about.If you were talking about love perhaps you get to be with the person you desire or on the other hand you give up on your efforts because you realize your feelings are not mutual. Now you are ready to try your hands at this beautiful and challenging art form. You could be the next Shakespeare.For more excellent and helpful information on Shakespeare's work, world, and influence check us out at About dot com.