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Posted by DANIELLE on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 10:04am.

I know that Sonnets have fourteen lines THE QUESTIONS IS are "The Passionate Shepered To His Love by Marlowe and The Nymphs Reply To The Shepherd both Sonnets? If they are what makes them Sonnets? My guess is that they are not because they are not fourteen lines and does not require aregular arrangement of accented and unaccented syllables . I think they are lyrics. Thanks so much for your response.

I agree. They are not sonnets because they don't have 14 lines. As I recall, sonnets are lyric poetry, but with more specific requirements.


There are three types of sonnets. Each has a slightly different structure. The site below will give your the specific structure for each type.

Generally, all types of sonnets have 14 lines, are in iambic pentameter, and have a regular rhyme scheme.

http://www.eliteskills.com/poetry/Sonnet.php

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