7th December 2019

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What is the structure of a sonnet?

There are fourteen lines in a Shakespearean sonnet. The first twelve lines are divided into three quatrains with four lines each. In the three quatrains the poet establishes a theme or problem and then resolves it in the final two lines, called the couplet. The rhyme scheme of the quatrains is abab cdcd efef.

Is Sonnet 18 written in iambic pentameter?

If you are referring to William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, it is written in iambic pentameter. This means that there are five metrical feet per line (pentameter) and each foot contains an iamb which is identified by one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable.
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