What qualities of a sonnet does Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem ‘If Thou Must Love Me’ have? Is it a true sonnet?
A sonnet is a poem of 14 lines consisting a special rhyme scheme.
Yes, the poem If Thou Must Love Me qualifies as a sonnet. It consists of fourteen lines and a special rhyme scheme ABBA ABBA CD CD CD. This is the typical form of an Italian or Petrarchan sonnet.
The poem also has a single theme and that too the theme of love. This is a typical trait of English sonnets.