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Sonnet Writing Made Easy (or Easier)

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Sonnet Writing Made Easy (or Easier)
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.42

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    abbaabba, cdcd, cdcdcd, cdecde, efef, foreign-sounding, sonneteer, sonnetry, unrequited, volta, sestet, abab, following, octave, pentameter, apiece


Sonnet Writing Made Easy (or Easier)
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Whether or not you are a poet (and whether or not you know it), you can write a sonnet. A sonneteer (one who writes sonnets, naturally) follows certain rules. If you do that, in fourteen lines you'll have a sonnet to call your own!
 
2     The rules of sonnetry (yes, I made up a word, but you knew what it meant, didn't you?) are as follows:

1. Write each line in iambic pentameter.
2. Follow your chosen rhyme scheme.
3. Do this for fourteen lines.
4. End with a surprise twist (volta).
 
3     You can choose to write either an Italian sonnet or an English sonnet. Don't panic! These two types of sonnets are easy to understand, and you don't need any knowledge of Italian to write one (although knowledge of English will be helpful). Both sonnets are made up of fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. The differences lie in the rhyme scheme and the length of the stanzas.

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