Sonnet

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What I liked so much about our reading on the sonnet is the fact that it has been around for so long and, therefore, has collected so many different types of ways it can be written and used. While I usually argue that poetic forms limit the ability and creativity of the poet, I would not make that same argument for the sonnet because there are so many different rhyme patterns that can occur from poets like Jacopo da Lentini or Guittone d’ Arezzo (Hacker 298).

I have a certain level of respect for poets that can write a sonnet and still convey their message. In Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” she makes very good use of the rhyme scheme. My favorite quote would have to be, “‘Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” because of the image the rhyme scheme creates (305). Expressions of exhaustion and the poor demonstrates how depleted the subject of the sonnet is and how badly our narrator wants those masses in the powerful stance that is the woman with the torch. It almost creates the image of a large problem finally being lead to a solution which is then personified to be a person with only a torch.

Hacker, Marilyn. “Sonnet.” An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art. Edited by Annie Finch and Kathrine Varnes. U of Michigan P, 2002, pp. 298–305.

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