Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Some excellent sonnets

John over at This Red Rock has some excellent sonnets, to which I wish to call your attention.

After thinking about them - and they are definitely worth some thought! - I had to look up the sonnet form, which one reference book tells me is
ABBAABBA CDCDCD
though the sestet can also be CDECDE.

(one of these days I may try that myself...)

1 Comments:

At 18 April, 2006 19:23, Blogger John said...

I had to look up the sonnet form, which one reference book tells me is
ABBAABBA CDCDCD
though the sestet can also be CDECDE.


That's right. This is called the Petrarchan or Itallian Sonnet. The Shakespearean or English Sonnet goes ABABCDCDEFEEFGG.

I use the sestet CDCDEE, which was used by John Donne (I memorized one of his Holy Sonnets once). Thanks for reading!

 

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