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Rules for Writing a Shakespearean Sonnet

  • Must have 14 lines.


  • Each line has 10 syllables.


  • Shakespearean sonnets maintain a strict rhyme scheme:

    • They're broken into 4 sections, called quatrains.

    • ABAB / CDCD / EFEF / GG

  • Sonnets often describe a problem and solution, or question and answer.


  • The transition from problem to solution (or question to answer) is called the volta (turn).

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