Powerpoint: Intro to Sonnets (click on link)
What is a Sonnet?
A very structured type of poetry in which the author attempts to show two related but differing things to the reader in order to communicate something about them.
Developed in Italy, probably in the thirteenth century.
Almost always consists of 14 lines and follows one of several set rhyme schemes:
Distinguished by its division into the octave and sestet:
The octave typically:
Four divisions are used:
The Spenserian sonnet, invented by Edmund Spenser, complicates the Shakespearean form, linking rhymes among the quatrains:
Quiz on sonnets at end of ppt