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Introduction to sonnets

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Kate Zimmerbaum

on 21 March 2014

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Sonnets
It's a poem!
14 lines long
Follows conventions of rhyme scheme, meter and structure
Focuses on single idea/theme/feeling
Whose bright idea was this?
The Italians'!
What does this have to do with Shakespeare?
Troubadours (traveling performers) eventually brought sonnets to England
English poets began to write sonnets
Shakespeare became the best English sonnet writer ever!
He wrote 152 sonnets
He made some changes to the Petrarchan sonnet, but kept the basic form
His version is called the "Shakespearean sonnet"
Petrarch
Octet (8 lines) +
Sestet (6 lines)
What is a sonnet?
From Petrach
to Shakespeare
to 2000 and beyond!

Originated in the Middle Ages in Italy
"Sonneto" = Italian for little song
Popularized by Petrach, who write 366 sonnets for the anonymous "Laura"
Poem of praise and devotion for an idealized woman
14 lines long

the "volte" (turn)
after the octet
change of attitude
RHYME SCHEME
abba abba cdcdcd
Shakespeare
3 x Quatrain (4 lines) +
Rhyming couplet (2 lines)
RHYME SCHEME
abab cdcd efef gg
BUT NOTHING IS CAST IN CONCRETE
METER
iambic pentameter
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