My not-so-romantic haiku…
Sometimes writing poetry is difficult, especially if you want to go old school and use a set rhyme scheme, or heaven forbid, attempt iambic pentameter.
Here are a few helpers:
I do a lecture on sonnets themselves. I have attached a PDF of my background lecture.
A sonnet is a 14-line lyric poem with a single theme, originated during the Italian Renaissance and later spread throughout Europe. Usually written in iambic pentameter. Most common themes are romantic love and religion.
There are three formats: Italian (called “Petrarchan”), Spenserian, and English (called “Shakespearean”). The most common are Petrarchan and Shakespearean; Edmund Spenser is the only poet to use the format that bears his name.
For more specific details, here are my lecture notes: Sonnet Notes Lecture PDF