He, too, like Petrarch, addressed his sonnets to a lady, and the lady he took for his love was Queen Anne Boleyn.
Although Wyatt was our first sonnet writer, some of his poems which are not sonnets are much more musical, especially some he wrote for music.
As the sonnet is so bound about with rules, it often makes the thought which it expresses sound a little unreal.
I point these things out, so that later on you may see for yourselves how much more polished and elegant a thing the sonnet becomes.
In his sonnets he abandoned the form followed by Wyatt and adopted (still from the Italian) the one which was subsequently used by Shakspere, consisting of three independent quatrains followed, as with Wyatt, by a couplet which sums up the thought with epigrammatic force, thus:
Historically much the most important feature of Wyatt's experiment was the introduction of the sonnet, a very substantial service indeed; for not only did this form, like the love-theme, become by far the most popular one among English lyric poets of the next two generations, setting a fashion which was carried to an astonishing excess; but it is the only artificial form of foreign origin which has ever been really adopted and naturalized in English, and it still remains the best instrument for the terse expression of a single poetic thought.
I only said Chloe," replied Don Quixote; "and that no doubt, is the name of the lady of whom the author of the sonnet complains; and, faith, he must be a tolerable poet, or I know little of the craft.
The Knight of the Rueful Countenance was still very anxious to find out who the owner of the valise could be, conjecturing from the sonnet and letter, from the money in gold, and from the fineness of the shirts, that he must be some lover of distinction whom the scorn and cruelty of his lady had driven to some desperate course; but as in that uninhabited and rugged spot there was no one to be seen of whom he could inquire, he saw nothing else for it but to push on, taking whatever road Rocinante chose- which was where he could make his way- firmly persuaded that among these wilds he could not fail to meet some rare adventure.
Nor was the sonnet
, in spite of its accomplishment, lacking in passion, and Katharine, as she read the pages through again, could see in what direction her feelings ought to flow, supposing they revealed themselves.
In his battle with the sonnet
he had forgotten her existence, and at the sound of her voice his love for her smote him like a sudden blow.
William Shakespeare's Sonnets
for the First Time Globally Reprinted: A Quatercentenary Anthology (With a DVD).
, the sonnet
verse form is reviewed and the term
In the twentieth century, Robert Lowell jettisoned the form's ornate rhyme for his confessional sonnets
, while Ted Berrigan turned sonnets
into an avant-garde game of cut and paste.
Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin) is divided into three sections: Part I discusses the history and practice of Reader Response criticism; Part II comprises a collection of thirty-eight sonnets
responding both critically and creatively to Shakespeare's works; and Part III discusses the poems of Part II as both creative and critical acts, elaborating on what they aim to show about the plays and how Shakespeare's plays continue to encourage varied analytical and personal response.
Formally, Modern Love sits uneasily in the gray area between a thematic collection of fifty sixteen-line sonnets
and a variation on novelistic marriage and adultery plots.