The Development of the Sonnet. Akziya Alzhani Jadyn Scruggs Matt DEDEAUX Nicole BROUGHTON Paula Mckeel Randy Coach Sheila SILVERS Steve wILLIAMS. Group 5. Definitions of a Sonnet. World English Dictionary
World English Dictionary
A sonnet sequence is a group of sonnets thematically unified to create a long work.
The subject is usually the speaker's unhappy love for a distant beloved, following the courtly love tradition of the troubadours, from whom the genre ultimately derived.
The Shakespearean Sonnet is also called the English Sonnet. It was Developed in the 16th century by Earl of Surrey. The Shakespearean Sonnet has the rhyme scheme ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG. It has three quatrains and a couplet. This means it has four lines in a group and two rhymed lines.
Petrarchan sonnet Example:
the sonnet, which indicates the transition from the dilemma to a solution. The octave has a rhyme scheme of ABBA while the sextet has a rhyme scheme of CDCDCD or CDECDE.
Happy ye leaves! whenas those lily handsHappy ye leaves! whenas those lily hands, (a)Which hold my life in their dead doing might, (b)Shall handle you, and hold in love's soft hands, (a)Like captives trembling at the victor's sight. (b)And happy lines on which, with starry light, (b)Those lamping eyes will deign sometimes to look,(c)And read the sorrows of my dying sprite, (b)Written with tears in heart's close bleeding book. (c)And happy rhymes! bathed in the sacred brook (c)Of Helicon, whence she derived is, (d)When ye behold that angel's blessed look, (c)My soul's long lacked food, my heaven's bliss. (d)Leaves, lines, and rhymes seek her to please alone, (e)Whom if ye please, I care for other none. (e)
This example is taken from Amoretti:
Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – 13 January 1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene. He is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the English language.
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