© Tasha Guenther, used with permission
A syllable is a part of a word pronounced as a unit. It is usually made up of a vowel alone or a vowel with one or more consonants. The word "Sonnet" has two syllables: Son-net; the word "introduction" has four syllables: in-tro-duc-tion.
English Sonnets are a form of poetry that was created during the renaissance. English sonnets consist of 14 lines; three, four line stanzas accompanied by a two line closing stanza. The rhyming scheme for an English Sonnet is:
This means that the first and third lines of each four line stanza rhyme and the second and fourth lines of each four line stanza rhyme. The two lines of the closing stanza should rhyme as well.
Each line of the stanza should have no more and no less than ten syllables.
See more information in the English Sonnet section.
by Tasha Guenther
My cat stares blankly at the wall
Trying to hunt the light.
She flicks her tail and starts to crawl,
Eyes focused, fur upright.
I watch her, silently, as she creeps
Slowly towards her prey.
I remain still, as if fast asleep
For this is not child’s play.
Her moving stops, she is ready
To jump up and attack.
I see her ascend, now unsteady;
I gasp, and she looks back.
Her eyes are chasms, black holes throughout,
And my flashlight goes quickly out.
- Worksheet 1: Information about sonnets and an example.
- Worksheet 2: Information about sonnets and room to write your own.