Astrophil and Stella

Versification and rhyme

What is the versification and rhyme in sonnets 2,6,7 of Sidney's Astrophil and Stella? THANKS.

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You need to go back and check the difference between a Shakespearean/English sonnet and an Italian/Petrarchan sonnet. The sonnets are not consistent in one form or the other. However, the rhyme is very obvious is you just match the last word of each line to the rhyme that you see. For example, 2 is basically Italian with an octave made up of two similar quatrains; rhyme is abba abba cd cd ee. It even has what I call a "turning word" which changes the direction of the meaning in the last six lines, "Now." Each sonnet has to be analyzed in the same way.


Sonnet 2, Astrophel and Stella