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I am female, ( Many think I am male), spiritually inclined, 50+ married with a 14  year old son, an housewife. Most of my poems are influenced by my past experiences and what I have read in my favourite book Bhagvad Gita.( Gita Sadak sanjivini by Gita press Gorakhpur). This book has answers to most questions about life and tips for perfect living. I love reading poems written by others. Thanks all for brightening my day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What is a sonnet?

Blog Posted:9/22/2021 11:41:00 PM

I learned about Sonnet at Poetry Soup. 10 syllables per line, 14 lines is what I felt. Now I find many writing non rhyming, sonnets with erratic syllables. I am confused. What is a sonnet? Can any body elucidate?

 



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Date: 9/27/2021 11:38:00 PM
A sonnet is simply a couplet that didn't know when to stop! :)
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Date: 9/27/2021 2:01:00 PM
There are over 50 sonnet forms - most have a variety of rhyme schemes and meter requirements--most here do not write the traditional standard forms correctly--to view any meter requirements by syllables is the wrong way to approach any meter requirement and MOST cannot do that--but if you want to truly know, research it on line because it is an extensive topic way too extensive to simplify.
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Date: 9/23/2021 3:37:00 PM
what Constance said!! Also, I always prefer the traditional ones, but that's just me!!
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Date: 9/23/2021 8:44:00 AM
Rama, the traditional way of writing Sonnet is 14 lines, abab cdcd efef gg - 10 syllables per line but there are many, many ways to write a sonnet, usually if a sponsor wants a traditional they will state that but you can explore the other ways of writing sonnets as William has explained so well below, what to know is that a sonnet can be any rhyming scheme and and does not have to be 10 syllables per line, but if entering a contest with a non traditional sonnet, I would put a note on the bottom of your poem ~ love and serenity _Constance
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Date: 9/27/2021 2:06:00 PM
Rama - the simple answer about sonnets having different syllables per line is yes - the complex answer is much more involved--Modern/Contemporary sonnets being a good example of varied line length--but I prefer to call those quatorzains. Again, like anything if you truly want to know the correct answers seek them out--too complex for these spaces.
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Date: 9/24/2021 8:39:00 AM
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Rama Balasubramanian
Date: 9/23/2021 9:09:00 AM
Thanks a ton Constance. I didn't know that and was confused when I saw many sonnets each different from others. Can sonnets have different syllables in each line?

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