Especially since most of them are Iambic Pentameter which should be five feet?
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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
I love sonnets Jay. My knee-jerk comment was aimed more at all the very BAD sonnets out there. If you want to read some excellent sonnets by a modern poet, track down JAMES HERCULES SUTTON on Linkedin poetry sites. He's very good
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.
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.
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