John Milton studied and traveled abroad, mainly in Italy, prior to returning home. In his earlier sonnets, with the exception of a few, he used a Petrarchan Theme which is primarily dominate in many Italian sonnets. It is very prevalent in Sonnet 8 where as it may not be in other poetic verses like Sonnet 7. Sonnet 8 seems to be somewhat melodic as if it were a musical type chant. It sticks strictly to the pattern of 14 lines where a problem exists on the first eight lines and the resolution is on the last 6 lines. It is not an iambic pentameter where there are at least five iambs per metrical line but iambs do exist in the poem like “Muses” or “requite.”
He did, though, follow a standard pattern in verses 1 through 8. This was done by rhyming the first and last word of verse 1 and 4; he rhymed the words arms and harms. Verse 5 and 8 rhymed the words charms and warms. Verse 2 and 3 rhymed the words sease and please whereas these and seas rhymed in verses 6 and 7. This follows the pattern abba and abba. In verses 9 through 14 a different pattern was used a as resoluti...
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