The new book celebrates the sonnet's uneven return to grace.
Is it possible to follow up a school-shooting episode with lines from sonnet 116?
Read the first part of this sonnet, with a view to Perspective.
It contrasts "foe and friend," just as the sonnet contrasts "love and hate."
In his fifth sonnet he may, I think, be said to have sounded the lowest chasm of the Bathos.
Take any sonnet at haphazard, and you will hear the rage of his desire.
In sonnet 136 he prays her to allow him to be one of her lovers.
Here we have "the pretty follies" which is used again as "pretty wrongs" in sonnet 41.
It gave the sonnet in England a vogue that it never enjoyed before or since.
That Tasso had a cat we know because he wrote a sonnet to her.
1557 (in title of Surrey's poems), from Middle French sonnet (1540s) or directly from Italian sonetto, literally "little song," from Old Provençal sonet "song," diminutive of son "song, sound," from Latin sonus "sound" (see sound (n.1)).
Originally in English also "any short lyric poem;" precise meaning is from Italian, where Petrarch (14c.) developed a scheme of an eight-line stanza (rhymed abba abba) followed by a six-line stanza (cdecde, the Italian sestet, or cdcdcd, the Sicilian sestet). Shakespeare developed the English Sonnet for his rhyme-poor native tongue: three Sicilian quatrains followed by a heroic couplet (ababcdcdefefgg). The first stanza sets a situation or problem, and the second comments on it or resolves it.