Poem Analysis: Petrarchan Sonnet

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A sonnet is a single stanza poem which comprises of fourteen lines, written in an Iambic pentameter. A simple grouping of syllables, stressed and unstressed, is called a foot. One way to describe a verse line is to talk about how many stressed and unstressed syllables are in the line.The Iambic foot is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Whereas pentameter means that there are five feet in the line .So, "Iambic Pentameter," therefore means a line of ten syllables alternating stressed and unstressed syllables according to the Iambic rhythm.

When a pattern is formed by the rhyming words at the end of each line then it is known as rhyming scheme of a sonnet. Each end rhyme is assigned a letter, and thus the fourteen letters assigned describe the rhyme scheme of the sonnet. Moreover , different kinds of sonnets have different rhyme schemes.

The Petrarchan sonnet has rhyme scheme as 'ABBAABBA CDECDE ' which is named after the fourteenth century famous Italian poet ,Petrarch.The first eight lines all end in either rhyme A or B, form the octave. Whereas the last six lines end with C, D, or E, form the
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The Shakespearean sonnet has the rhyme scheme as ABAB CDCD EFEF GG which form the three quatrains (four lines in a group) and a closing couplet (two rhymed lines). But the problem is usually progressed in the first three quatrains where each quatrain with a new idea is growing out of the previous one. Sometimes the first two quatrains are behallowed of the same thought, resembling the octave of the Petrarchan sonnet, and followed by a similar volta. Most surprisingly, unlike the Petrarchan version, the Shakespearean sonnet is brought to an effective resolution in the epigrammatic final
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