A sonnet is a fourteen-line lyric poem, usually about love. The Sonnet Literary Focus: Shakespearean Sonnet The English, or Shakespearean, sonnet consists

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> A sonnet is a fourteen-line lyric poem, usually about love. The Sonnet Literary Focus: Shakespearean Sonnet The English, or Shakespearean, sonnet consists of three quatrains (rhyming four-line units) followed by a couplet (a pair of rhyming lines) at the end. The three quatrains often express related ideas. The couplet sums up the poets message. </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> Each line consists of five unstressed syllables alternating with five stressed syllables. Like most sonnets, the Shakespearean sonnet is written in a particular meter, or rhythmic pattern, called iambic pentameter: The Sonnet Literary Focus: Shakespearean Sonnet From sullen earth, sings hymns at heavens gate Sonnet 29, line 12 = unstressed syllable </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> The typical rhyme scheme of a Shakespearean sonnet is abab cdcd efef gg. The Sonnet Literary Focus: Shakespearean Sonnet When, in disgrace with Fortune and mens eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, And look upon myself and curse my fate Sonnet 29, lines 14 First quatrain b a b a </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> Shakespeares greatest nondramatic poetry is in a group of 154 sonnets. These sonnets The Sonnet Background have a vast richness of language and imagery show an unusual depth of perception and feeling extend beyond the conventional subject of love to a contemplation of the beauty of life and the mortality of man </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> In his first 126 sonnets, Shakespeare celebrates his devoted friendship with a young man. The Sonnet Background [End of Section] He considers this relationship higher and less selfish than his passionate love for the dark lady who is the subject of the remaining 28 sonnets. </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> As you read your assigned sonnet, notice The Sonnet Literary Focus: Shakespearean Sonnet where each quatrain begins and ends which words rhyme in the quatrains how the couplet is used to sum up the message [End of Section] Click here to listen to the entire sonnet. </li> </ul>