Bi-Weekly Poetry Contest #241 The Sonnet This contest's theme is one of the most important poetic forms in English history. Perfected by writers like Shakespeare, the sonnet is a poem (normally about love or other romantic themes, though sometimes also about death) which followed the following structure: 1. Iambic Pentameter (u/ u/ u/ u/ u/) 2. Rhyme Scheme (abab cdcd efef gg) 3. The first three quatrains (sets of 4 lines) introduce and talk about a problem or situation which is then solved or resolved by the last couplet (the last two rhymed lines). The winning poem for the second half of October will be the poem which most masterfully uses the sonnet. BONUS: Halloween is right around the corner! Voters should put extra consideration toward poets who use the sonnet to create a scary poem. An unusual but interesting combination!