The Petrarchan or Italian sonnet,
In two sections, with the octave to start.
Followed by the sestet, if you’re on it,
Complicated structure sets it apart.

The English type made famous by Shakespeare,
Strict parameters and syllables ten.
A magnificent style that I hold dear,
Iambic pentameter o’er again.

Third, there is the Spenserian stanza,
Complexity in overlapping rhyme.
When mastered a fulfilling bonanza,
Evoking a satisfaction sublime.

Myriad poetic formats to try,
But I’ll love the sonnet until I die.

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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