Definition of English sonnet

1. Noun. A sonnet consisting three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg.

Exact synonyms: Elizabethan Sonnet, Shakespearean Sonnet
Generic synonyms: Sonnet

Definition of English sonnet

1. Noun. A sonnet divided into 3 quatrains and a final couplet, using the rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. ¹

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Literary usage of English sonnet

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1. A History of English Prosody from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day by George Saintsbury (1906)
"... and of the sonnet itself—Wyatt's general effect—The English sonnet —In Wyatt—In Surrey—Other forms—" Poulter's measure " —Wyatt's intertwisted ..."

2. The History of English Poetry: From the Close of the Eleventh Century to the by Thomas Warton (1840)
"Its Contributors. Sir Francis Bryan, Lord Rockford, and Lord Vaut*. The First True Pastoral in English. Sonnet-writing cultivated by ..."

3. The Sonnet; Its Origin, Structure, and Place in Poetry: With Original by Charles Tomlinson (1874)
"... obvious that such conditions exclude the final couplet of the English sonnet, ... so common with Wordsworth and other celebrated English sonnet-writers, ..."

4. The Metropolitan (1835)
"Unfortunately for the English sonnet, the only rule that is insisted upon with respect to it, is, that it shall invariably consist of fourteen lines, ..."

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