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Jefferson Carter Jefferson Carter Male, 91, United States (8/17/2013 10:32:00 AM)

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David, not only do sonnets follow a fixed rhyme scheme, but their meter needs to be competent. This sonnet reveals a real lack of understanding of meter. Such difficulty is one reason sonnets have lost popularity among today's poets. They're too f**kin hard to do well! !

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  • David Wood (8/17/2013 1:38:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Dur DUM dur DUM dur DUM dur DUM dur DUM dur Dum probably right

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    • Thomas Vaughan Jones (2/15/2014 5:59:00 PM) Post reply

      It's known as iambic pentameter. these lines are essentially male. When an additional syllable is added to aid scansion, for some reasonthe line is then regarded as feminine. There is (or was) ... more

    • Jefferson Carter (8/17/2013 5:40:00 PM) Post reply

      da-Dum, da-Dum, da-Dum, da-Dum, da-Dum is more like it but you can also throw in a few da-da-Dums and da-das for expressive variation, which is what the great sonnet writers do, and very few contemp ... more

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