[Bards] Italian Sonnet (more stuff about sonnets)

Brian Martin bm3876 at sbc.com
Mon Sep 16 11:44:40 PDT 2002

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Greetings All,

Other differences between an Italian sonnet and an English sonnet include
theme, structure (1 octave + 1 sestet for Italian vs. 3 quatrains + 1
couplet for English), and other details such as the inclusion of a device
called the "turn" often used in the English sonnet.

While Petrarch popularized the sonnet in Italy and can be rightly considered
to be the father of the form, he did not invent it. No one really knows who
invented the sonnet, but its roots can be traced to 13th century Sicilian
court poetry. In fact, the word sonnet comes from the Italian "sonnetto",
meaning "little song".


P.S. Don't tell anyone in the belted circle that you heard this from me or
they might kick me out of it!

-----Original Message-----
From: gemartt at mail.utexas.edu [mailto:gemartt at mail.utexas.edu]
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2002 12:49 PM
To: bards at ansteorra.org
Subject: [Bards] Italian Sonnet

Greetings Bards!

The poem I sent to this list on Sunday was (as many of you probably know)
an example of an Italian sonnet.   The primary difference between an
Italian sonnet and an English sonnet is the rhyme scheme (which has a
subtle effect on the tone of the poetry).

The rhyme scheme for an Italian sonnet is usually:  abbaabbacdecde -
although there are other variations.    It should also be noted that
sonnets originated in Italy in the 14th century.  According to tradition,
Petrarch was inspired to first write sonnets after seeing a beautiful lady
named Laura.  Consequently, Italian sonnets are also often referred to as
Petrarchian sonnets.



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