From the Italian sonetto , which means "a little sound or song," the sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. Traditionally, the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, which employ one of several rhyme schemes and adhere to a tightly structured thematic organization. Two sonnet forms provide the models from which all other sonnets are formed: the Petrarchan and the Shakespearean. The first and most common sonnet is the Petrarchan, or Italian. Named after one of its greatest practitioners, the Italian poet Petrarch , the Petrarchan sonnet is divided into two stanzas, the octave the first eight lines followed by the answering sestet the final six lines.
Rooted in a rich legacy of rhymes, a new class of poets compose verses that channel their cultures and challenge the status quo. E very seat in the Ethnic Cultural Theater is taken, and so are most of the steps. Latecomers can only peek in from the lobby—and they will, for the next two hours. Yusuf drops her head, embarrassed for a moment.
Once again, the poets came through. Your poems dealt with just about every aspect of modern life — with war and peace, with social media and social justice, with life and death and taxes. We read every one of the poems submitted before making the difficult decision of which ones to publish. We considered literary quality, but we also considered newsworthiness and clarity of argument.