Created by Jordan Green

History of the Sonnet

In began in in the mid 13th century. Sooner or later it became a favorite Italian poetry art form. Then the Elizbethan age began and poetry started to get popular there around 1700. Starting at 1750 the romantic period began. It is not that romantic Sonnets were not already being created, but in this time more emphasis was put onto it (Sonnets of the Century).

What is the Sonnet?

The Sonnet is a first person poem that expresses something they want to express, but it is sometimes like a story. Some Sonnets have romantic ideas.

Characteristics of the Sonnet

There are 2 different types of Sonnets. The Shakespearean which has 3 qutrains which have four lines each with 2 ending summary lines, and the Italian Sonnet which includes and Octave (8 lines) and the sestet which has six lines. If you notice both types of Sonnets have fourteen lines. That's because all Sonnets have 14 lines written in Iambic Peratmeter (Elements of Poetry).

Why We Write the Sonnet

People write Sonnets to express emotions, thoughts, and feelings (Elements of Poetry).

Example of a Sonnet

This is an Italian Sonnet written by James DeFord in 1997:

Turn back the heart you turned away

Give back your kissing breath

Leave not my love as you have left

The broken hearts of yesterday

But wait, be still, don't lose this way

Affection now, for what you guess

May be something more, could be less

Accept my love, live for today

Your roses wilted, as love spurned

Yet trust in me, my love and truth

Dwell in my heart, from which you've turned

My strength as great as yours aloof

It is in fear you turn away

And miss the chance of love today!

Works Cited

Works Cited

"Elements of Poetry." Elements of Poetry. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.

"The Sonnet." : Its Characteristics and History (Part 2). N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.

"Sonnet Examples." YourDictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.