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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart Latvian Verse Rainis Sonnet is a short meditation. Whether or not it is a true sonnet is up for debate. It is a lyrical meditation with a turn or volta, however it is shorter than the usual quatorzain of the sonnet. It is named for the Latvian philosopher and poet Janis Rainis (1868-1929) The elements of the Rainis Sonnet are: written in 9 lines made up of a quatrain, followed by a tercet ending with a couplet. metered, primarily iambic pentameter. rhymed, turned on only 3 rhymes. Rhyme scheme ab