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Heroic Sonnet


Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Simple, Pivot Requirement


This is an iambic pentameter based poem that adds a heroic couplet to either two Sicilian octave stanzas or four Sicilian quatrain stanzas. In other words, it’s eighteen lines of iambic pentameter broken into three or five parts with the last part being a couplet. So, why’s it called a sonnet? No clue. It gives the opportunity for two or more pivots, either at the octave breaks, or at at the end of each quatrain. You can really get your pivot to a spin with this form. The rhyme scheme has usually been abababab cdcdcdcd ee or abab cdcd efef ghgh ii, but there’s no reason an Italian octave/quatrain envelope rhyme or other variations couldn’t be used.

abab cdcd efef ghgh ii


abababab cdcdcdcd ee

With rhythm: xX xX xX xX xX
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See Also:  

Iambic Pentameter, Shakespearean Sonnet, Sicilian Octave, Sicilian Quatrain, Sonnet




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