English sonnet


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English sonnet

Shakespear′ean son′net


n.
a sonnet form used by Shakespeare and having the rhyme scheme abab, cdcd, efef, gg. Also called English sonnet.
[1900–05]
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Noun1.English sonnet - a sonnet consisting three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg
sonnet - a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
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Furthermore, the strict requirements of the sonnet form have a huge contribution to this challenge; the English sonnet has fourteen lines in iambic pentameter and a rhyming scheme of abab cdcd efef gg.
As much as we associate standard forms with symmetry and balance--the even quatrains and the snapping couplet of an English sonnet, for instance--such form also contains features that are uneven and asymmetrical.
The Shakespearean or English sonnet rhyming pattern abab cdcd efef gg was first created by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-1547).
Borges was equally drawn to the sonnet form, but preferred the English sonnet (three quatrains and a final couplet) over Pessoa/Anon's choice of the Italian.
The English sonnet, in fact, can be seen as a way to relieve some of the challenges of importing a rhyme-heavy form into a language with fewer possible rhyming choices.
Clare's own experiments in sonnet form reflect his reading of Keats and also his fondness for the early English sonnet tradition.
3) Taking its name from Samuel Daniel's Delia (1592), this structure is exhibited in a number of English sonnet sequences including Shakespeare's, and consists of the sonnet sequence proper, Anacreontic verse (verse on lighter or mythological themes), and a complaint (a narrative poem, often written in the first person).
From Anne Vaughan Locke's early friendship with John Knox to the publication in England of the first English sonnet sequence, based on Psalm 51, along with translations of Calvin's sermons, Susan M.
She summarises the differences between the English sonnet and its Petrarchan forebears, and traces its rhyme-scheme to characteristics of the English language.
An American who became British, then helped the French and English in two world wars, she felt equally at ease with modernist prose and poetry, the romantic novel, drama, and the English sonnet.
In this section one shows how some of the aspects of Zimbabwean Poetry in English, are partly influenced by western romanticism with specific reference to writers of the English sonnet.
Nickel "makes it new" in the spirit of Ezra Pound's dictum when he urged poets to write in free verse, but she does so through one of our oldest received forms, the English sonnet.