With few exceptions, Shakespeare’s sonnets observe the stylistic form of the English sonnet—the rhyme scheme, the 14 lines, and the meter. But Shakespeare’s sonnets introduce such significant departures of content that they seem to be rebelling against well-worn 200-year-old traditions.
Definition of Sonnet. The word sonnet is derived from the Italian word “sonetto,” which means a “little song” or small lyric.In poetry, a sonnet has 14 lines, and is written in iambic pentameter.Each line has 10 syllables. It has a specific rhyme scheme, and a volta, or a specific turn.