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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart English Verse The Spenserian Sonnet was named for Edmund Spenser 1552-1599, a 16th century English Poet. The Spenserian Sonnet inherited the tradition of the declamatory couplet of Wyatt / Surrey although Spenser used Sicilian quatrains to develop a metaphor, conflict, idea or question logically, with the declamatory couplet resolving it. Beyond the prerequisite for all sonnets, the elements of the Spenserian Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of 3 Sicilian quatrains (4 lines alternating rhyme) and ending in a
Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Frame Couplet Construction An open couplet is a rhymed two-line poetic unit that is enjambed. The end of the frame is not closed but the subject is carried forward into the subsequent couplet without pause or punctuation at the end of the line. This technique was introduced to English poetry by Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) and continued to gain popularity into the 17th century when it was nicknamed "riding rhyme". This stanzaic form is also called Chaucer's couplet because of its use in his Canterbury Tales which demonstrated its particular suitabil