verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sonnet
Examples from the Web for sonnet
Contemporary Examples of sonnet
Is it possible to follow up a school-shooting episode with lines from Sonnet 116?Television’s Finest Schlock: The ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Episode ‘One One Six’ Is So Damn Shakespearean
September 18, 2013
The new book celebrates the sonnet's uneven return to grace.The Best of Brit Lit
June 8, 2010
Historical Examples of sonnet
I must needs try my new-fledged pinions in sonnet, elogy, and madrigal.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Shakespeare told us the truth about himself when he wrote in sonnet 142, "Love is my sin."
Take any sonnet at haphazard, and you will hear the rage of his desire.
It contrasts "foe and friend," just as the sonnet contrasts "love and hate."
In Sonnet 136 he prays her to allow him to be one of her lovers.
Word Origin for sonnet
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.