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Sonnet 126: O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power

William Shakespeare

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2001-12-14
Added by: g.b. shaw
anyone else think its strange that sonnet 126 only has 12 lines?
Wild Bill
2001-12-14
Added by: Jough (Editor)
Not strange at all, considering Shakespeare wrote it that way.

Fourteen lines isn't a hard and fast rule - just a form, which may be bent and twisted to the Bard's will (excuse the pun).

If you run scansion on the lines, you'll find a whole lot of them that aren't true iambic pentameter, too. Hell, some of them aren't even decasyllabic. Wild.

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