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Shakespearean Pop Sonnets

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Christina Mamone

on 27 March 2015

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William Shakespeare is one of the most well-known sonneteers (as they were often known) in addition to his other volumes of work.
A sonnet is a poetic form of literature, generally considered to have originated in Italy. By and large, courtly love was the topic of choice for many sonnets, but it was far from the only idea related within the medium. In many ways, sonnets formed the foundation for music, as well as certain cultural norms.
Introduction to Sonnets
A poem made up of 14 lines
Commonly Used Words in Sonnets
Source: www.robweir.com
Famous Sonnet Example
You've almost definitely heard at least part of this sonnet before, of course. It's a classic, after all. But you may not know the way you form a sonnet, or the exact structure for one...
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Shakespearean Pop Sonnets
Do you know what song this is?
Do you know what song this is?
Do you know what song this is?
Do you know what song this is?
-Three quatrains (sets of four lines) and ends with one couplet (a pair of lines)

-Each line has 10 syllables
Follows the rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
Uses Iambic Pentameter
An unstressed syllable followed by a stress syllable. This occurs five times per line. (Reads in a rhythm like tick TOCK or da DUM.)
Example: But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
- / - / - / - / - /
You're insecure,
Don't know what for,
You're turning heads when you walk through the door,
Don't need make-up, to cover up,
Being the way that you are is enough
Everyone else in the room can see it,
Everyone else but you
Baby you light up my world like nobody else,
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed,
But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell,
You don't know you're beautiful
"What Makes You Beautiful"
One Direction
Original Lyrics
Lyrics in Sonnet Form
Now you guys guess!
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
-William Shakespeare, Sonnet Eighteen
1. Sonnets are considered to be the first form of poetry not to be performed for an audience. How has the structure of the sonnet created an environment for the reader which allows the poem to be read silently?

2. Has courtly love directly influenced the structure of the sonnet or has the structure of the sonnet provided a good framework to express courtly love?

3. Do you feel that sonnets can still convey courtly love and other emotions in today society?
Sonnet structure allows for fluid reading and emphasis on certain words without the assistance of a performer vocally providing said emphasis.

the structure of the sonnet allowed for a medium for courtly love to be expressed.

Sonnet comes from the word sonetto meaning "little song"

It was invented in the 13th century ( invention credited by Giacomo de Lentini)

Petrarch was one of the most famous practitioners

William Shakespeare and sonnets are awesome !!!!

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