How to Write a Sonnet Infographic: Quatrain Wreck

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Need to know how to write a sonnet? Need to teach someone how to write a sonnet? Try our helpful illustrated guide.

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Graphic elements by Billy Alexander, standard license, via Stock.xchng. Infographic by LW Lindquist.


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  1. L. L. Barkat says

    A wreck in your hands, Lyla, is a rose by any other name.

    Or something like that 😉

    Hey, Sara thought it was pretty funny that you used Shakespeare’s words, even as you told others not to do so. I laughed (again), as I hadn’t caught that. I mean, I had. But not quite the way she saw it.

  2. says

    To be clear, since I may not have been in the previous comment, I don’t teach the parents…I teach their kids. But if word got back that the s word was in their poetry lesson for writing class, well, that just wouldn’t be good.

  3. says

    There is a mistake in your explanation of iambic pentameter: it should be “each iamb,” not “each pair of iambs.” An iamb is a metrical “foot” of two syllables. The stress is on the second syllable of each individual iamb, not on the second syllable of each pair of them, which would contain four syllables.

  4. says

    I have never understood sonnets. This helps. Perhaps it’s the profanity. (Geez!) And I’m ashamed to admit that I only knew the Shakespeare and the Dickinson sonnets you highlighted.

    • says

      That might have already happened, Charity, when the Managing Editor suggested a possible sestina Infographic someday 😉

      Or not.

      Maybe the Managing Editor just imagined it, which is highly probable.


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