I need help writing a first line for a sonnet, It can be on any topic and has to be 10 syllables

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wordprof eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Iambs -- da-DUH -- are easy to devise in the English language, so begin with a two-syllable word (believe, because, among, etc.) or phrase (If you, When I, For whom, etc.) that introduces a question or direction for your sonnet.  You can do it easily; here are a few that I just made up:

            For all I know the World is just a joke--

            When light begins to fade along the trees--

             I know that I must build a sturdy boat--

And here are a few classics (not necessarily from sonnets):

             When I have fears that I may cease to be...

             The world is too much with us, late and soon...

              Do not go gentle into that good night...

 What subject interests you?  Put yourself in the first-person pronoun and make a statement or ask a question.  You can do the rest.

khalsasingh12 | Student

Write a Sonnet in Seven Steps Choose a Theme or Problem. Sonnets usually explore universal elements of human life to which many people can relate. ... Pick a Type of Sonnet. ... Write in Iambic Pentameter. ... Organize Stanzas. ... Follow a Rhyme Scheme. ... Incorporate a Volta. ... Use Poetic Devices.


try this it might help you

shmindle | Student

For reference, a sonnet typically has 14 lines and is written in iambic parameter, or sounds like duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH (10 syllables). You may be familiar this first line of a famous Shakespeare sonnet: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? In this case, the accent is on the first syllable, and then every other subsequent syllable. To get started, choose something that is of interest to you. Often times, poets write about love, difficulty, or change. Sometimes, incorporating literary devices can help you develop a sonnet.

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