The Penguin book of the sonnet: 500 years of a classic tradition in English

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Penguin Books, 2001 - Poetry - 448 pages
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Representing five centuries of the sonnet tradition in the English language, this illuminating anthology features more than six hundred sonnets from notable poets representing the Elizabethan, Romantic, and Victorian eras, as well as writers of the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary authors, accompanied by an authoritative critical analysis of the history of the sonnet form, biographical and explanatory notes, and indexes. Original.

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This book is an anthology that celebrates that most vigorous of literary forms, the Sonnet. The earliest sonnets record the unceasing conflict between the law of reason and the law of love, the need ... Read full review

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This book is an anthology that celebrates that most vigorous of literary forms, the Sonnet.
The earliest sonnets record the unceasing conflict between the law of reason and the law of love, the
need to solve a problem that cannot be resolved by an act of will, yet finds its fulfillment, if not its solution, only in the poem. Thematically and structurally this tension plays itself out in the relationship between a fixed formal pattern and the endless flow of feeling. The poet experiences the illusion of control and the illusion of freedom and from the meeting of those illusions creates the reality off the poem.
The sonnet is one of the only poetic forms with predetermined lengths, specific though flexible set of possibilities for arranging patterns of meaning and sound but it is also a blueprint for building a structure that remains open to the unknown, ready to lodge an unexpected guest.
A sonnet is a fourteen line poem that composes a single stanza, called a quatorzain. When a sonnet is true to its nature, it encompasses contradiction and arrives at resolution or revelation.
The reader of this book can follow the sonnets evolution over time, experiencing firsthand how historical, political, and structural pressures engender innovation, subversion and renewal.
Many sonnets are included with dates. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it.
 

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