National Poetry Month

April marks National Poetry Month! Throughout this month we will share information about renown poets, some of the varying poetry styles practiced today and a little bit about their history. The purpose of the month is to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry, and maybe help a few people find their inner poet talent.

The word Sonnet, sporting the colors of the Italian flag (green, white and red) appear behind a layer of clouds. Behind that is a cut out of Italy on the ocean.

The word Sonnet, sporting the colors of the Italian flag (green, white and red) appear behind a layer of clouds. Behind that is a cut out of Italy on the ocean.

Sonnet

The sonnet originated from Italy. It was invented by Giacomo da Lentini, an Italian poet and head of the Sicilian School during the 13th century. The name is derived from the Italian word sonetto which comes from the Old Occitan word, sonet (little poem) A person who writes a sonnet is called a sonneteer.

Basics

  • It has 14 lines, each with 10 syllables
  • The first 8 lines form a problem and the following six typically offer a resolution. Regardless, the 9th line changes the tone.
  • Traditional sonnets follow a rhyming pattern of ABBAABBA CDECDE (1 octave and 1 sestet)
  • English sonnets follow the ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyming pattern (3 quatrains and a rhyming couplet)

Examples

  • A Wreath for Emmett Till DB069550
  • Mother Love: Poem DB041331
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