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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Then, should a tiebreaker be needed, the third and deciding duel between the two pugilists would be a chess match, a spelling bee or perhaps a recitation of Shakespearean sonnets.)
A Seat at the Table,’ Is a Sonnet for the Soul The throng of diverse dancers dressed in similar colors, all sporting different hairstyles and different hair colors.
Sonnets and quotes put to music by various composers.
This poem is a loose, contemporary sonnet in the spirit of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73.
Kotzin loves form, from open verse to tight, traditional sonnets, as in the title poem.
A sonnet is addressed to an indifferent object of passion; even if the actual lover warms up, the sonneteer can’t become too easily complacent—a dark lady suddenly sunny produces no one’s idea of a poem.
There’s been much ado about whether Shakespeare’s sonnets were written to a woman or a man.
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Origin and Etymology of sonnet
Italian sonetto, from Old Occitan sonet little song, from son sound, song, from Latin sonus sound
First Known Use: 1557See Words from the same year
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Definition of sonnet for English Language Learners
: a poem made up of 14 lines that rhyme in a fixed pattern
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