The sonnet remains one of the most vigorous poetic forms. What gives it its power? We will analyze the basic elements of the sonnet and their importance. We will review the many mysteries surrounding Shakespeare’s sonnets, and we will study the best of these sonnets for content and meaning. This history of the sonnet will be reviewed through some of the greatest examples written: from Donne, Milton, Wordsworth, Browning, and Millay to the modern sonneteers. Finally, class participants will be encouraged to discuss their own favorites, which may be their own originals. The format will be informal and interactive, with participation and readings encouraged.
LEADER: Peter M. Smith has been studying sonnets for many years and has written over 100.
THURSDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 6 weeks: September 27 through November 1
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville