If how to write a sonnet is your aim,
Or what a sonnet is you wish to know,
Read on, this sonnet seeks to do the same
In just ten lines remaining down below.
A sonnet is a song of fourteen lines.
“Sonneto” is the word for “little song.”
Italians wrote them first, but different kinds
Of sonnets through the years have come along.
To write a sonnet just remember this:
Each line should sound just like these lines you’ve read.
Ten syllables whose rise and fall persists
Right through the end, which lies two lines ahead.
And if I had a little bit more time
I’d tell you how a sonnet’s lines should rhyme