April 11, 2014
Derived from the Italian word sonetto, is the term sonnet. It signified a poem of fourteen lines, that follows a strict rhyme scheme and specific structure, by the thirteenth century. Although the term can be used derisively, writers of sonnets are sometimes called "sonneteers." Generally treat of the poet's love for some women, with the exception of Shakespeare's sequence of 154 sonnets, these sonnets were all essentially inspired by the Petrarchan tradition. Not because he was the first to write in this form, but because he became its most famous practitioner, the form is often named after Shakespeare. As three quatrains and a couplet, the form consists of fourteen lines.
The Love Sonnets Of Proteus. Part I: To Manon: XIV
by: Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
HE HAS FALLEN FROM THE HEIGHT OF HIS LOVE
Love, how ignobly hast thou met thy doom!
Ill--seasoned scaffolding by which, full--fraught
With passionate youth and mighty hopes, we clomb
To our heart's heaven, fearing, doubting, naught!
Oh love, thou wert too frail for such mad sport,
Too rotten at thy core, designed too high:
And we who trusted thee our death have bought,
And bleeding on the ground must surely die.
--I will not see her. What she now may be
I care not. For the dream within my brain
Is fairer, nobler, and more kind than she;
And with that vision I can mock at pain.
God! Was there ever woman half so sweet,
Or death so bitter, or at such dear feet?