What makes a sonnet, a sonnet?

What makes a sonnet, a sonnet is that it’s has fourteen lines, written in iambic pentameter with a rhyming scheme that is either in abbacddc form or in the usual English or Shakespearean form abab cdcd efef gg.

Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; But thy eternal summer shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Two households. Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love. What here shall miss. Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage. . In fair Verona (where we lay our scene). The which if you with patient ears attend. our toil shall strive to mend. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny. both alike in dignity. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. And the continuance of their parents’rage. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life. Which but their children’s end nought could remove.

Two honourable families. where the story takes place. . but the death of their children) Will now be performed for two hours on this stage And if you listen patiently and attentively. Their love for each other takes their life away. From the oldest son of one family and the daughter of the other. their parents have stopped The events that killed them both And the rage and anger of their parents. (of which could not be ended. What’s missed in this introduction will be explained in the play. Because of the events that kept them apart. New violence breaks out due to past quarrels. Because of this. Causing the death of citizens outside the families. In Verona.

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