Is it possible to follow up a school-shooting episode with lines from sonnet 116?
The new book celebrates the sonnet's uneven return to grace.
Read the first part of this sonnet, with a view to Perspective.
Every man of education seems to have been able to turn a sonnet or ode.
In his fifth sonnet he may, I think, be said to have sounded the lowest chasm of the Bathos.
The sonnet has belonged more to the Latin races, and to the English race.
In sonnet 136 he prays her to allow him to be one of her lovers.
The practice of the sonnet has been so extended that all sense of monotony has been lost.
It gave the sonnet in England a vogue that it never enjoyed before or since.
As a result they introduced the sonnet of the Petrarchan type into England.
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.