son·​net | \ˈsä-nət \

Definition of sonnet 

: a fixed verse form of Italian origin consisting of 14 lines that are typically 5-foot iambics rhyming according to a prescribed scheme also : a poem in this pattern

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Shakespeare was a prolific playwright, penning more than 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout his entire career. Dami Lee, The Verge, "You can unzip this tiny image on Twitter to reveal the complete works of Shakespeare," 1 Nov. 2018 The Sonnet Project invites independent filmmakers to create short videos featuring Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "The Play’s the Thing in a New Season of ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’," 24 Sep. 2018 Terrance Hayes has, with more than a bit of shade, created his own brand of hip-hop sonnet. Terrance Hayes, New York Times, "Poem: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin," 28 June 2018 Beckett plays, Chekhov stories, Shakespeare sonnets. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Business schools are making greater accommodations for applicants who have analyzed more sonnets than spreadsheets. Janaki Chadha, WSJ, "M.B.A. Programs Try Catering to Liberal-Arts Types—With Math Camp," 4 July 2018 The alphabet, like the sonnet, necessitates at least some shaping and pruning. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Politics and Play of Terrance Hayes," 24 June 2018 Jon read the most hauntingly beautiful sonnet, #17 by Pablo Neruda, and said a few words as the couple beamed. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "How to be an Airbnb superstar: You help your guests elope," 14 June 2018 The Kansas City Baroque Consortium, performing songs, sonnets and soliloquies with period instruments, will take the audience back a few centuries. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events June 14-20: Royals, ‘Peter Pan,’ Neal Brennan, Flag Day festivities," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of sonnet

circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sonnet

Italian sonetto, from Old Occitan sonet little song, from son sound, song, from Latin sonus sound

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: a poem made up of 14 lines that rhyme in a fixed pattern

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