son·​net | \ ˈsä-nət How to pronounce sonnet (audio) \

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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There’s a direct line between the sonnet and the body in Hayes’s work. New York Times, "Sonnets That Reckon With Donald Trump’s America," 19 June 2018 Many of those questions and uncertainties found shape in the sonnet form. Terrance Hayes, New York Times, "Terrance Hayes Spins Poems Into Pictures," 22 June 2018 Group phone chats that once revolved around physics problems and A.P. Literature sonnets are now filled with plans for rallies, vigils and news about legislation and gun politics. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Outspoken and Precocious, Florida Students Struggle With Loss When the Cameras Turn Off," 25 Feb. 2018 His sonnets are vital and unforgettable, anchored by their sense of place and time rather than contained by it. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 Attendees are invited to perform favorite sonnets or write their own, and there also will be puppet-making activities and performances courtesy of the San Diego Guild of Puppetry. James Hebert,, "Shakespeare takes the cake (or cookies) as Old Globe celebrates Bard's birthday Saturday," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sonnet

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

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