As he is the first, he is perhaps one of the roughest of our sonnet writers, but into his sonnets he wrought something of manly strength.
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.
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.
In his sonnets he told his love of a fair lady, Laura, and made her famous for all time.
In his attempted reformation of English metrical irregularity Wyatt, in his sonnets, shows only the uncertain hand of a beginner.
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:
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.
She laughed very prettily, not so much at the sonnets
, which she could not but esteem, as at poor Henry's French accent, which was unique, resembling the warbling of birds, if birds ever warbled with a stuttering, nasal intonation.
In the enlarged third edition of Elegiac Sonnets
, Smith adds a fourth sonnet
The sheer variety in this poignant collection reveals that the sonnet
is very much a living art form.
By critiquing a sonnet
form often portrayed as inviolate despite a tradition to the contrary, "Dinosaur Sonnet
" makes way for participation from a cacophony of voices as rich as America itself.
Furthermore, the strict requirements of the sonnet
form have a huge contribution to this challenge; the English sonnet
has fourteen lines in iambic pentameter and a rhyming scheme of abab cdcd efef gg.
, the sonnet
verse form is reviewed and the term