Sonnet meaning

sŏnĭt
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The definition of a sonnet is a fourteen line poem about a single theme with a standard rhyme scheme.

An example of sonnet is "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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A 14-line verse form often in iambic pentameter, having one of several conventional rhyme schemes and usually featuring a shift in mood or tone after the eighth or twelfth line.
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A poem in this form.
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A poem normally of fourteen lines in any of several fixed verse and rhyme schemes, typically in rhymed iambic pentameter: sonnets characteristically express a single theme or idea.
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A fixed verse form of Italian origin consisting of fourteen lines that are typically five-foot iambics and rhyme according to one of a few prescribed schemes.
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(intransitive) To compose sonnets.
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Origin of sonnet

  • French or Italian sonetto (French) (from Italian) from Old Provençal sonet diminutive of son song from Latin sonus a sound swen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Italian sonetto

    From Wiktionary