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Writing sonnets correctly (1 Viewer)

I recently got into a debate on whether or not a sonnet must be 14 lines in a row or if the lines themselves can be broken into quatrains and the couplet separated by a spaces I was wondering what is the correct form ? ?
 

Pamelyn Casto

WF Veterans
I'd say there is no "correct" form. There are different types of sonnets that are constructed differently (Shakespearean, Petrarchan, etc.). I've also seen sonnets with 13 and 15 lines. I've seen a sonnet written as a paragraph. I've also seen a sonnet with one syllable per line. Some don't have end rhymes. Poets are always pushing the boundaries and as a result sonnets can take on many shapes.
 

Harper J. Cole

Creative Area Specialist (Speculative Fiction)
Staff member
Chief Mentor
I recently got into a debate on whether or not a sonnet must be 14 lines in a row or if the lines themselves can be broken into quatrains and the couplet separated by a spaces I was wondering what is the correct form ? ?
Henry, I'd recommend asking in our "Poetry Nuts & Bolts" sub-forum: LINK
 
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