More stuff on sonnets

Here, over on Eratosphere.

Thanks to Julie for directing me, albeit accidentally.

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2 thoughts on “More stuff on sonnets

  1. I was thinking about this after your earlier sonnet post and it occurred to me that there’s nothing new about the modern tendency to write ‘sonnets’ that aren’t obviously in the tradition.

    If you just read Shakespeare and Sidney, you’d think that a sonnet had to be a love poem in the first person addressed to a lover. Partially that’s the inheritance from Petrarch, but partially it’s typical of lyric poetry of the period.

    As the norms of poetry changed, so did the sonnet. Only someone who thinks that form is the defining quality of a poem would say that a Wordsworth sonnet was much like a Shakespeare one.

    It was inevitable that free verse and slant rhyme would be taken up in the sonnet-writing tradition. Whether that’s a good idea or not, the form has always been flexible.

  2. Thanks for weighing in, Harry. My thing is this. Traditional sonnets in English were used as love poetry, yes, but what happens when one wants to break that mould?

    The discussions on Erato have been very helpful in this — but I could use as many ideas as I can get.

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