SONNET

AN OVERVIEW BY AUGUST REYNOLDS

Overview/History of Sonnets

The Sonnet was created by Giacomo da Lentini, this type of poem is very old.

Characteristics of a Sonnet

Sonnets have 14 lines that can be broken down into four sections called quatrains. The first three sections contain four lines each with an alternating rhyme scheme. The final sections contain only two lines, those two lines rhyme. It's a poem that expresses single thought, sentiment or idea.

PURPOSE OF A SONNET

People write Sonnets because they express experiences, thoughts or feelings through the poem.

EXAMPLE OF A SONNET

UNAWARE
by Kaitlyn Guenther

Isolation quickly overwhelms me
Begging for forgiveness, a fallen hand
Desolation I now begin to see
Hanging by a thin thread, a single strand

I watch them… Their fears, their misbehaviour
Mistreat, abuse…. Completely unaware
I am the land, their glorious saviour
Someday they will learn to treat me with care

I wish they would learn to trust each other
To join as one, to stand strong together
A bond, a band and a mighty brother
Forever as one, a powerful tether

You may not know, that fear is their captor
So you may not see each special factor

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