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Poetry: Introduction to Poetic Form

2. The Sonnet

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Lecture

In this module, Stephanie discusses the sonnet. The sonnet is a form that is traditionally associated with the theme of love, and many of the most famous sonnets in the English language, those of William Shakespeare, are ostensibly on this theme. But what about when a poet writes a sonnet on a theme other than love? In this module, Stephanie takes a closer look at Robert Frost's 'Design'

Course

In this course, we look at the use of form in poetry. The purpose of this course is to demonstrate the many ways in which the form of a poem can convey meaning. This includes the use forms that are traditionally associated with certain themes - such as the sonnet or the heroic couplet - as well as poetic devices such as rhyme, repetition and anaphora. Poems discussed in detail include: 'Design' (Robert Frost), 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' (Robert Frost), 'Because I could not stop for death' (Emily Dickinson), 'Squash Rackets' (Carmine Starnino), 'One Art' (Elizabeth Bishop), and 'The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart' (Jack Gilbert)

Lecturer

Stephanie Yorke is reading for a DPhil in English Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford. Her first collection of poetry was published by Signature Editions in April 2012. It's called 'Both Boys Climb Trees They Can't Climb Down'.

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Yorke, S. (2018, August 15). Poetry: Introduction to Poetic Form - The Sonnet [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/poetry-introduction-to-poetic-form/the-sonnet

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Yorke, Stephanie. "Poetry: Introduction to Poetic Form – The Sonnet." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/poetry-introduction-to-poetic-form/the-sonnet

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