What is the rhyming scheme of a Shakespeare sonnet?
Of the 154 sonnets that Shakespeare penned, only three (Sonnets 99, 126, and 145) do not fit into what came to be known as the Shakespearean sonnet structure.
In this structure, there are exactly fourteen lines, comprising a total of three stanzas divided into four lines each. These first three lines typically present a problem or key issue of concern which is resolved in some way in the last two lines. These lines will be structurally set apart from the rest of the poem as a rhyming couplet.
The first stanza's rhyme pattern is ABAB.
The second stanza's rhyme pattern is CDCD.
The third stanza's rhyme pattern is EFEF.
And the couplet's pattern is GG.
This structure and rhyme pattern can be evidenced in the following sonnet by Shakespeare:
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