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Did William Shakespeare invent the sonnet? He did not, but he is undoubtedly the most famous practitioner of the poetic form. Sonnets trace back to the Italian Renaissance, appr...

Apr 23, 2019

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The word “sonnet” stems from the Italian word “sonetto,” which itself derives from “suono” (meaning “a sound”). There are 4 primary types of sonnets: Petrarchan Shakespearean Sp...

Apr 23, 2019

Poetry on typewriter

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” So begins “Sonnet Number 43” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This line, published in 1850, is many readers’ foremost exposure to the ...

Apr 23, 2019

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You may have once heard a famous tale of a man from Nantucket. The tale is five lines long, contains rhymes, and, in some versions, contains details that aren’t printable. If yo...

Apr 23, 2019

Dictionary definition of word limerick

Ballads have a long history in music, poetry, and literature. While the meaning of ballads and their form has continuously shifted over time, we ultimately associate all ballads...

Apr 22, 2019

ballad definition on paper

Poetry is a structured literary form, with patterns and rhythms that dictate the flow of verses. Lineation in poetry is how lines are divided and where they end in relation to a...

Apr 17, 2019

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In poetry, a stanza is used to describe the main building block of a poem. It is a unit of poetry composed of lines that relate to a similar thought or topic—like a paragraph in...

Apr 17, 2019

a book of poems

If you’ve ever read Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss, you are familiar with the couplet. A couplet is two lines of verse that follow one another and are connected by rhythm and rhyme. T...

Apr 17, 2019

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Ever found yourself staring at a blank page for long periods of time, trying to write but being unable to find the right words? You’re not alone. This is writer’s block, and all...

Apr 15, 2019

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