What's A Sonnet?


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Matthew Crist answered
A sonnet is a type of poem that originated in Medieval Europe. The poem must have a metrical pattern in order to be classified as a sonnet. Traditionally, sonnets used iambic pentameter as their structure. Iambic pentameter measures the line of the poem in short syllables. The original sonnets written in Medieval Europe were 14 lines in length. Most people today consider the 14 line length a requirement for the poem to be classified as a sonnet. Perhaps the most famous sonnet writer who ever existed is William Shakespeare. He wrote 154 sonnets that varied in subject. Some discussed his love life, his political ideologies, and his views on morality.

The original type of sonnet was the Petrarchan sonnet. The creator of this type was Giacomo da Lentini in the 13th century. John Milton, a 17th century poet, was one of the most famous writers of this type. The English sonnet was pioneered by William Shakespeare, and is also known as the Shakespearean sonnet. This is in spite of the fact that Thomas Wyatt has been credited for introducing the sonnet to England. Edmund Spenser introduced a variation on the English sonnet called the Spenserian sonnet. This type has a different rhyme pattern. English sonnets had the sequence of abab cdcd efef gg. The Spenserian version had the sequence, abab bcbc cdcd ee.

There are many resources for individuals wanting to learn how to write a sonnet. A website entitled offers plenty of examples, instructions, and inspiration for beginning writers. has the collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The best subject matter to write about is probably something you enjoy. Once you have your ideas on paper, try to arrange your words based on the rhyming sequence of the type of sonnet you desire. It is usually easiest to write about something that is familiar to you.
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Sonnet is a poem it is usually about love it is made up of 14 lines the form of rhyme is usually ababcdcd  with 10 syllables per line
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Shezan Shaikh answered
Sonnet is a type of poetry. It is a word derived from the Italian word "Sonneto" and Old Provencal word "sonnet". It means a little song in the form of poetry or a verse of 14 lines following a strict rhyme scheme and logical structure. It expresses different aspects, moods, feelings and thoughts summarized especially in the last lines of the poem.

A sonnet is generally a short poem, backed by mandolin or flute music. A sonnet is a noun pronounced as son – net. There are various forms of sonnet such as the Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet, Spenserian sonnet, English (Shakespearean) sonnet and Modern sonnet. The main form of sonnet is the English and the Italian. Sonnets were introduced by Sir Thomas Wyatt in England. The Italian sonnet is named after Petrarch, the Italian poet. The noted writers of sonnets are William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, John Keats, John Milton, Petrarch, Vikram Seth and many more.
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Aun Jafery answered
The word "sonnet" came to the English language from either the Italian or French word "sonetto" and was taken from the Old Provencal word "sonnet" the diminutive of the word "son" meaning song and derived from the Latin word "sonus" meaning "a sound". The word "sonnet" is actually a noun that refers to a verse that consists of fourteen lines and has a characteristic rhyme scheme which is one of several conventional types. Sonnet refers to a poem that is generally in the said form.

Though sonnets can be traced back to the thirteenth century in Italy they were introduced to England by around the sixteenth century. The first were of a Thomas Wyatt credited with having presented translations of Italian and French works. The current century has seen a kind of resurgence of the sonnet.
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A sonnet is a poem, usually about love, made of 14 lines, 2 sections, usually in the ababcdcd form of rhyme with 10 syllables per line.
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A sonnet is a 14-line poem that rhymes in a particular pattern. In Shakespeare's sonnets, the rhyme pattern is abab cdcd efef gg, with the final couplet used to summarize the previous 12 lines or present a surprise ending. The rhythmic pattern of the sonnets is the iambic pentameter. An iamb is a metrical foot consisting of one stressed syllable and one unstressed syllable — as in dah-DUM, dah-DUM dah-DUM dah-DUM dah-DUM. Shakespeare uses five of these in each line, which makes it a pentameter. The sonnet is a difficult art form for the poet because of its restrictions on length and meter.
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It is a poem of fourteen lines, having a regular rhyme scheme and metrical composition, usually iambic pentameters. The most popular type is the Shakespearian sonnet, which is divided into three quatrains and a final rhyming couplet. The rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef gg

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