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Understanding the Sonnet: Edna St. Vincent Millay and Modernism

When discussing the sonnet in the 20th century, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s name has to appear in the conversation.  Not only did Millay find value in the sonnet when other poets were vociferously rejecting it, she also used this traditionally … Continue reading

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Understanding the Sonnet – Rhythm and Rhyme

So this week we are the beginning of our exploration of the sonnet, considered to be the workhorse of love poetry. The sonnet originated in Italy during the 12th century. However, the Italian Renaissance poets Dante and Petrarch were the … Continue reading

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Understanding the Sonnet: Henry Constable vs. William Shakespeare

I want to begin with a rather large question: how do we define genius in poetry? In our modern era, we value artists for their originality, breaking through conventions to create a new form of art. However, in Shakespeare’s time, … Continue reading

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