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Curtal Sonnet

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Pivot Requirement

 
Description: 

An abbreviated sonnet in eleven lines that are arranged in two stanzas. The first has rhyme scheme abcabc, and the second is either dbcdc or dcbdc. The very last line is indented and shorter. It is, depending on what expert describes the curtal sonnet, either described as a half-line or a single spondee. Hopkins described it as the former, but usually executed it as the latter. It should have a pivot between the sestet and quintet.

 
Attributed to: 

This form was invented in 1877 by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

 
Origin: 

English

 
Schematic: 
Rhyme: abcabc dbcdc, or abcabc dcbdc
Pivot: After line 6
 
Line/Poem Length: 

11

 
Examples: 

 
See Also:  

Sonnet

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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