we Prove That Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day By WilliamShakespeare Is A Sonnet ~ Naija Poets
What makes a poem a sonnet?
A sonnet has its origin from Italy; it's mostly fourteen lines of five-foot iambics with end rhyme scheme. Last two lines of a sonnet are couplet. Most sonnets are structured into a sestet with an octave or three quatrains and a couplet. A sestet is a poetic stanza consisting of six lines, an octave is a poetic stanza consisting of eight lines; usually used as one, a quatrain is a poetic stanza consisting of four lines, a couplet is a poetic stanza consisting of two lines.
Sonnet 18 otherwise known as Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day is love sonnet, fourteen lines in total written in iambic pentameter. The poem carries an end rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDEFEFGG. Though Sonnet 18 has a structure of five lines the first and the second stanzas with the third stanza a quatrain; the quatrain has its last two lines a rhyming couplet:
"So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee"
The explanation at the first paragraph tallies with the structure of the poem, so it's very obvious that Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day by William Shakespeare is a sonnet.

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
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