Burns’ Sonnet Notes

Created by Robert Burns
Meter: No meter specified
Structure: Three quatrains and a couplet
Rhyme Scheme: abab cddc efef gg

Example: A Sonnet upon Sonnets by Robert Burns

Fourteen, a sonneteer thy praises sing;
What magic myst’ries in that number lie!
Your hen hath fourteen eggs beneath her wings
That fourteen chickens to the roost may fly.
Fourteen full pounds the jockey’s stone must be;
His age fourteen – a horse’s prime is past.
Fourteen long hours too of the Bard must fast;
Fourteen bright bumpers – bliss he ne’er see!
Before fourteen, a dozen yields the strife;
Before fourteen – e’en thirteen’s strength is vain.
Fourteen good years – a woman gives us life;
Fourteen good men – we lose that life again.
What lucubrations can be more upon it?
Fourteen good measur’d verses make a sonnet.

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