Writing

Poetry 101: What Is a Sonnet? Sonnet Definition With Examples, Plus Write Your Own Sonnet

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 24, 2021 • 6 min read

The sonnet is a type of poem that has been a part of the literary repertoire since the thirteenth century. Sonnets can communicate a sundry of details contained within a single thought, mood, or feeling, typically culminating in the last lines. For example: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” This famed opening of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Sonnet 43” resonates as perhaps the most famous single line of sonnet poetry.