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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Recent Examples on the Web Like many formal poems such as the sonnet, the ghazal, with its restrictions, can paradoxically illuminate and parse difficult emotions. New York Times, 7 July 2022 The star has long held a penchant for crafting tweets that read like lines from a sonnet. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 11 July 2022 This 14-line pseudo-sonnet roughly follows the structure of a Petrarchan sonnet with its octave (first eight lines) stating a tension and the sestet (final six lines) including a volta (or turn). New York Times, 5 May 2022 The poem can be in any form — sonnet, haiku, limerick or whatever — but must not be longer than 100 words. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 While other basic forms of poetry, such as the sonnet, ode and haiku, are borrowed from other countries, the limerick is an original English creation and the most quoted of all verse forms in our language. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Dec. 2021 There were Russian balalaika groups, political advertisers, choral singers, and on a recent Sunday, a spoken-word Shakespeare sonnet. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2021 And a bonus shout-out for this beautiful sonnet to Chinatown’s new generation of culinary riches by Tejal Rao in the NYT. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2021 Kappus had sent Rilke another poem, a sonnet full of adolescent longing—and this time Rilke had responded. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 See More

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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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“Sonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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