- 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.
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Examples from the Web for sonnet cycle
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.
One of the first to take up the new fashion of the sonnet-cycle, was Thomas Lodge, whose "Phillis" was published in 1595.
Lodge was one of the earliest to follow the example of Sidney in linking a sequence of sonnets together into a sonnet-cycle.