Can anyone help me with direction on how to write a sonnet on the character Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities?Can anyone help me with direction on how to write a sonnet on the character...

Can anyone help me with direction on how to write a sonnet on the character Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities?

Can anyone help me with direction on how to write a sonnet on the character Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities?

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have attached instructions on how to write a sonnet below.  A sonnet is a 14 line poem with the rhyme scheme: The usual rhyme scheme is end-rhymed a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g.

I will focus on Sydney Carton’s character traits.  Carton is perfect material for a sonnet, because he is a very romantic character.  Carton is a tortured soul, and he is a lesson in contradictions.  First of all, he is brilliant and handsome.  Unfortunately, he is also morose and full of self-loathing so he let Stryver take credit for his work.  Second, he is deeply in love with Lucie Manette.  Yet he never tells her, and instead he suffers in silence and watches from a distance.  Finally, he seems to care about no one and yet he will do anything for the Manettes.  His ultimate sacrifice is to become a martyr, and give his life for Darnay so that Charles can live and Lucie can be happy.  What better content for a sonnet than that?

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