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From Chapter 7: The Sonnet...

Most writers are familiar with the sonnet, a fourteen-line poem traditionally composed in
iambic pentameter with varying stanza and rhyme schemes. The distilled vision and tension of
the sonnet in any of its many iterations is one of the form’s most salient features. However,
when the sonnet is rendered on the tightened string of a single syntactical unit, the sentence, its
effects are even more intense and rewarding. This can be seen in the traditional sonnets of
Shakespeare, Keats and Frost, as well as in the more experimental sonnets of e.e. cummings,
Bill Knott and Brad Crenshaw.

Sonnet No. 66

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm’d in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And gilded honour shamefully misplac’d,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgrac’d,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,
And folly—doctor-like—controlling skill,
And simple truth miscall’d simplicity,
And captive good attending captain ill:
Tir’d with all these, from these would I be gone,
Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.

William Shakespeare

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