ENGL 100 Lecture : First English Lecture Winter.docx

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Sound distinguishes poetry from prose; is a resource poets can use to create [email protected] ca communication. John donne (1572-1631) author of holy sonnets (1633) Wrote highly inventive, risqu poetry about sex. Also wrote intensely spiritual poetry, famous sermons. Sonnet closed form, 14 lines, regular rhyme scheme and rhythm. Most sonnets belong to the lyric genre. Italian sonnet divided into an octave and a sestet (a set of 6 lines), each with different rhyme schemes. At the transition to the sestet, there is a volt , or abrupt turn in meaning. English sonnet three quatrains (groups of 4 lines) and a couplet (two rhyming lines) Typical rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gg. Couplet either summarizes what has gone before. The typical rhythm of sonnets in english iambic pentameter. Five iambs a type of metrical foot, or a unit of poetry in western traditions. Iambic pentameter verse measured in five iambs, which are a specific type of poetic unit.

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