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Aspects of a Sonnet

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Aspects of a Sonnet Explore aspects of the sonnet tradition through reference to a range of material you have studied? A sonnet is a 14-line poem with each line having 10 syllables. It originated in the 13th century and was introduced into England in the 16th century by Sir Thomas Wyatt. The Petrarchan (or Italian) sonnet characteristically consists of an eight-line octave, rhyming abbaabba, that states a problem, asks a question, or expresses an emotional tension, followed by a six-line sestet, of varying rhyme schemes, that resolves the problem, answers the question, or resolves the tension. The rhyme scheme for the sestet is cdecde. For instance, Wilfred Owen uses the first eight-lines to describe how deaths at war are laid to rest and the sestet to describe how the same thing is done back home (Anthem for Doomed Youth). The rhyme scheme for the sestet is cdecde. This is how the famous poet Francesco Petrarca, thus why it is named the "Petrarchan Sonnet" chose to write his sonnets. However William Shakespeare, a famous English poet, used another sonnet-rhyming scheme his is as follows: The first twelve lines are made up of three quatrains (blocks of four lines linked by rhyme). The last two lines form a rhyming couplet, e.g. a rhyming pair: abab, cdcd, efef, gg William Shakespeare is often considered the greatest writer of English literature that ever lived. By 1594 he was a rising playwright in London and an actor in a leading theatre company, who performed at the Globe Theatre from 1599. His 154 sonnets were originally published in 1609 but it is argued that they were mostly written in the 1590s, often expressed strong feeling within an exquisitely controlled form. His son... ... middle of paper ... ...question. "What candles may be held to speed them all?" (Anthem for Doomed Youth, line 9) To conclude, the six poets I have written about all had their different views upon their own chosen subjects. And how sonnet have been passed down through the generations and what a sonnet has become today in the modern world. Shakespeare wrote about how love was timeless whereas Keats had found love too late. Browning wrote of how dedicated she was to her husband whereas Rossetti wrote of how she wanted to be remembered when she was gone. Wordsworth saw things that other people could not see and thus achieved his romantic poetic title. And finally Owen portrayed his anguish and hatred of war in his sonnets with an equisetic use of language and vocabulary. All the poets who wrote sonnets, young and old have entranced millions of readers throughout the world.
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