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Do sonnets have ten or eleven syllables? I feel like it should be ten, but many have eleven?


Especially since most of them are Iambic Pentameter which should be five feet?

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Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) says

3 years ago
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    Jamie Lee Hamann (jhamann) 3 years ago

    You have answered my question a hypermetric line eh, it all makes sense now. I knew that there was a name for what was going on not just poetic license. Thank you.

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    Jamie Lee Hamann (jhamann) 3 years ago

    It is the traditional sonnets that include an 11th syllable. Some traditional sonnets have 11 syllables throughout! If someone not familiar was basing their opinions on scansion there would be confusion. Thank you for you answer.

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Twilight Lawns says

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    Jamie Lee Hamann (jhamann) 3 years ago

    I feel I need explain this question. My readers would know that I have written a few sonnets and why would this question arise now? I was listening to a podcast of a well known female poet, she said 11. Panic on my part. Thank you for your answer

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Clark Cook (moonfroth) says

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    Jamie Lee Hamann (jhamann) 3 years ago

    I hate to say this moonfroth but I love sonnets, maybe because I have entered into my boring forties. I don't know, but I think the form has so much to teach and a never ending supply of awesome answers. You are right though they have been overdone


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Ben Evans says

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