sonnet sequence


noun

a group of sonnets composed by one poet and having a unifying theme or subject.

Origin of sonnet sequence

First recorded in 1880–85
Also called sonnet cycle.

Definition for sonnet cycle (2 of 2)

sonnet cycle


noun

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Examples from the Web for sonnet cycle

  • Lodge was one of the earliest to follow the example of Sidney in linking a sequence of sonnets together into a sonnet-cycle.

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles|Thomas Lodge and Giles Fletcher
  • Idea's Mirrour, Amours in Quatorzains, formed the title under which the sonnet-cycle appeared in 1594.

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles|Michael Drayton, Bartholomew Griffin, and William Smith
  • In a sonnet-cycle Sidney recorded his love and sorrow, and Spenser took up the strain with his story of love and joy.

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles|Thomas Lodge and Giles Fletcher
  • One of the first to take up the new fashion of the sonnet-cycle, was Thomas Lodge, whose "Phillis" was published in 1595.

    Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles|Thomas Lodge and Giles Fletcher