Definition of Elizabethan sonnet in English:

Elizabethan sonnet


  • A type of sonnet much used by Shakespeare, written in iambic pentameter and consisting of three quatrains and a final couplet with the rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg.

    ‘Such may well be considered a commonplace of the study of poetry, the usual and best way of reading an Elizabethan sonnet, or Keats or Hardy aside from the journalistic or subjectivising option.’
    • ‘A whole generation-more than a quarter of a century-separated the final sonneteering efforts of Surrey and Wyatt from the birth of the Elizabethan sonnet.’
    • ‘In the Elizabethan sonnet do you know if there is a metre in the poem?’