Shakespearean sonnet


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Shakespearean sonnet

n.
The sonnet form used by Shakespeare, composed of three quatrains and a terminal couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg. Also called Elizabethan sonnet, English sonnet.

Shakespearean sonnet

n
(Poetry) a sonnet form developed in 16th-century England and employed by Shakespeare, having the rhyme scheme a b a b c d c d e f e f g g. Also called: Elizabethan sonnet or English sonnet

Shakespear′ean son′net


n.
a sonnet form used by Shakespeare and having the rhyme scheme abab, cdcd, efef, gg. Also called English sonnet.
[1900–05]
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Noun1.Shakespearean sonnet - a sonnet consisting three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg
sonnet - a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
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The other, the English or Shakespearean sonnet, consists of three quatrains followed by a couplet, and its rhyme scheme is ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG.
The primary skill to approach a Shakespearean sonnet is to focus on its poetic forms and syntactical structures, which can lead the careful readers and engaged scholars to the important meanings of the poem, upon which they can dig into different channels leading to the treasures hidden in the complex labyrinth of Shakespeare's poetry.
the Shakespearean sonnet approximate to a song refrain, as in his
KYLIE TURNS SHAKESPEARE Chris loved embarrassing his guests, so when pop princess Kylie turned all indie and cropped her hair, he made her recite I Should Be So Lucky in the style of a Shakespearean sonnet.
By contrast, the Shakespearean sonnet is best recognized by its rhyme scheme, ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, which suits the relative poverty of English rhymes.
My medical and scientific training had instilled in me an aversion to verbosity and gobbledegook, so much so that, as far as poetry was concerned, I was drawn towards the Shakespearean sonnet form because it was able to explore any subject and express its findings clearly and succinctly.
Brooks employs the Petrarchan sonnet, the Shakespearean sonnet, and a combination of both.
A Shakespearean sonnet is constrained by the dimensions of its form: 14 lines, iambic pentameter, clear rhyme scheme, closing couplet.
Bambrough's daughter, Hannah, read a Shakespearean sonnet.
Frost uses the form of the Shakespearean sonnet to put man at the center of his meaning.
His preference for the Shakespearean sonnet and its variants rather than the Petrarchan form that dominated sonnet discourse in the nineteenth century is far from accidental.
This poem not only manages to incorporate cultural references that ground the reader in the immediacy of the speaker's predicament but also does so in a Shakespearean sonnet, reminding us of the corrupting effect war makes on what might have been a traditional love story.