The German Sonnet was obviously influenced by the Italian sonnet. Although Goethe normally followed the
Italian Sonnet when writing his sonnets, it's believed that on his death his poetry colleagues constructed
the German Sonnet as a tribute him. It has a similar octave pattern although the two quatrains have different
rhyme scheme to the Italain. Similarly the sestet comprises two tercets and again a different rhyme scheme.
Here are the parameters;
.. a. b. b. a. . . b. c. c. b. . . c. d. d. . . c. d. d.
Here is an example.
For you my love I compose this verse
With words within I wish you to know
'fore my quill shall halt to evenly flow
Upon rhymes of love l now converse
I see in your eyes a love that is true
Which reflects inner passion unto mine
Expressing deep within this love divine
So softly spoken for me and for you.
Both loving hearts shall ever entwine
What we both have is forever to be
Emotions within shall always be free
No sweeter fruits grown upon a vine
Than a love that grew from you to me
To display what only our eyes can see.