The Sonnetina is a ten line poem on any subject.
I am presenting the 5 most common variants of the form here.
They are differentiated by structure and rhyme scheme.
Almost all allow you to choose you metric scheme, though
tetrameter and pentameter is most common..
Each will be described on their own page accessible by clicking the name below:
Requires: IAMBIC PENTAMER using BLANK VERSE
SONNETINA DUE Five couplets
1. The form is created from three stanzas. These consist of two quatrains and one couplet.
2. The normal structure has the two quatrains first followed by a concluding couplet.
Variations on this include the mini-Dorn (see Dorn sonnet) structure which has the
couplet in the middle, it is also possible to begin with the couplet.
3. There is no set meter or rhyme scheme, though iambic pentameter or tetrameter is quite usual.
1. The form comprises of two stanzas. These are a sestet and a quatrain.
2. The sestet and quatrain may appear either way round, but the more usual design is the sestet first.
1. This form comprises of two quintains.
2. There is no set meter or rhyme scheme, though iambic pentameter or tetrameter is common.
I have seen this postulated:
iambic tetrameter, rhyme scheme aabba OR abbaa
3. The first quintain gives a statement or sets up a question.
The second quintain provides a counterpoint to that statement or answers the question