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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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 Of course, sonnets and haiku are famous for employing strict counts on lines and syllables. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Donald from Washington, you're on the line," 26 Apr. 2018 But the sounds are governed by sonnets of K. Silem Mohammad, heard at first only by the musicians (as cues, in their headphones), and later by listeners as the percussionists recite (sometimes in whispers) fragments while playing. Allan Kozinn, WSJ, "Romantic Lushness Meets Post-Tonal Grittiness," 30 May 2018 Nonetheless, her sonnets were published in a pirate edition in 1538, the first independent collection of poems by a female author in the Renaissance. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "‘Renaissance Woman’ Review: A Lady of Letters," 27 Apr. 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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