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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Poets wanted Poets whose work ranges from Shakespearian sonnets to Dorothy Parker-like witticisms are invited to apply to be Santa Clara County’s next poet laureate. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Campbell community briefs for the week of Aug. 23," 23 Aug. 2019 Shakespeare Sonnet Workshop: Your student, age 15-18, can learn to write sonnets like Shakespeare from 9 a.m. to noon, July 8-11. Joan Rusek,, "Summer fun is heating up with politics, bugs and the Bard: Valley Views," 29 June 2019 Eileen Rivers, USA TODAY Opinion Amid acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli's controversial comments about the famous Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty sonnet, Stephen Colbert has an edit of his own. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Stephen Colbert bashes Ken Cuccinelli for Statue of Liberty poem 'update'," 14 Aug. 2019 Other eras have gotten yearning sonnets or the Taj Mahal; our time has given us misogynistic meme culture and boxes of My Little Pony figurines covered in lonely teenagers’ ejaculate. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful," 31 July 2019 Perhaps, like many artists, Cobb needed some kind of arbitrary game board from which to develop his design, the way a poet might choose to work within the constraints of a sonnet. Robert Campbell,, "One Dalton, Boston’s commanding new skyscraper, conjures architectural magic," 29 June 2019 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 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 The event will include, among other things, sonnet karaoke, puppet theater and a cookie decorating station. James Hebert,, "Shakespeare takes the cake (or cookies) as Old Globe celebrates Bard's birthday Saturday," 20 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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English Language Learners Definition of sonnet

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

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