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The sonnet is a common poetic form of limited, but historically variable structure. The fourteen lines are divided asymmetrically into two parts, with two quatrains (stanzas of four lines) containing two rhymes and two tercets (stanzas of three lines) containing three. It was the most successful of various experimental approaches to the fourteen-line canzone strophe. The early modern sonnet was often devoted to matters of love, but it also offered scope for reflection, meditation, and questions of art.

Following its emergence at the Sicilian court of Emperor Frederick I…

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Mayer, Mathias, “Sonnet”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_027654>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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