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Sonnets are supposed to be 14 lines and have a rhyme scheme of

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Shakespeare also wrote sonnets besides his plays and some of them were even in his plays. One example I can give is from Romeo and Juliet for he does not inlude any sonnet or rhyme scheme in Hamlet, the second of Shakespeare’s work that I’ve ever read.

“ROMEO [To JULIET.]

93   If I profane with my unworthiest hand 
94   This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: 
95   My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand 
96   To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.

JULIET

97   Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, 
98   Which mannerly devotion shows in this; 
99   For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, 

100 And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.

ROMEO 101 Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?

JULIET 102 Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.

ROMEO 103 O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; 104 They pray — grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.

JULIET 105 Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.

ROMEO 106 Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take.”


In this particular sonnet, Romeo and Juliet are flirting and Romeo is trying to convince Juliet to kiss him, but what a way to describe this!


by Ece MERAM

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