Angel L Villanueva

There are various forms of sonnets, but the Shakespearean sonnet is one of my favorites. There are times when poets change the sonnet's iambic rhythm to add variety to the poem by using another meter scheme, like a trochee or dactyl.

A sonnet is usually arranged into three quatrains, with an idea presented in the first quatrain, followed by a change of thought, usually at the 9th line, and then closing with a summarizing couplet.

A Petrarchan sonnet, also known as an Italian sonnet, is divided into two parts, the first part being an octave and the second being a sestet. There is also the Spenserian sonnet, which follows the structure of a Shakespearean sonnet, but with a slightly different rhyming scheme.

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