Excerpt from Edition 11 of The River Paper

Up Close – Glancing upon poetry history: the sonnet


What I intend to talk to you about today, dear reader, is the well-known poetry form of the sonnet – and to be more specific, I will try to offer you a small summary of its history.

Nowadays this form may seem obsolete to many people, especially because of the explosion of the free verse style brought to light by the 20th century. We have to remember though that the sonnet was the main form through which so many centuries poets tried to demonstrate their value. It was not, and it still is not easy to create a poem by building the ideas on the harshness of such a fix form. One has to know that its difficulty resides not only in the technical details, but also in the language richness that it requires.

After its birth during the Middle Age, the sonnet continued to develop until it reached its zenith during the Renaissance…[…]

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