A Petrarchan sonnet, as opposed to a Shakespearian or Spenserian sonnet, is a Petrarchan Sonnet in Iambic Pentameter "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge." Petrarch was a well-known Italian Renaissance poet whose sonnets spread throughout Europe.
Westminster Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in London. It carries the A303 over the River Thames between Westminster and Richmond. The bridge is named after Henry Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer, who designed it in 1750. It has been said that this is the only bridge in London that was built as a memorial to a lord rather than a king. However, this isn't exactly true as there is another bridge in London named after Edward the Confessor but he wasn't even a lord at the time of its construction in 1066!
The first line contains a rhetorical question so readers know what kind of poem this is going to be. Rhetorical questions are questions used by poets to get readers' attention or to make interesting statements. In this case, the poet is saying "You should know that this is a Petrarchan Sonnet because I'm going to ask you something later on in the poem" or "I want you to know that this is a Petrarchan Sonnet."
Petrarchan sonnets usually follow a pattern that includes three quatrains and a final couplet.
While William Blake's poetry "London" is composed of four stanzas with a cross rhyme that runs throughout the work, William Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" is written in the manner of a Petrarchan sonnet. This type of sonnet is made up of an octave and a sestet. The octave has eight lines while the sestet has six. Both the octave and the sestet follow the pattern of three quatrains and a final rhyming couplet.
In addition to having a cross-rhymning scheme, Blake's "London" also uses regular internal rhymes. These can be found within each quatrain and usually involve the use of "-ly" or "-ed" endings. For example, the first quatrain ends with the word "Rage" followed by the letter "Y". This creates a rhyme between the words "rage" and "yelp", which are both used as synonyms for "sound".
The second quatrain begins with the word "Darkness", which is followed by the letter "T". This creates a rhyme between the words "darkness" and "temptation", which are both used as nouns meaning "the action of trying something out before deciding on it".
Finally, the last quatrain starts with the word "Wrong", which is followed by the letter "N".
Sonnet of Petrarchan style: three quatrains and a final rhyming couplet.
The first sonnet by Shakespeare, it was published along with other poems in 1593 in a book entitled "Shake-speare's Sonnets". It was probably written for someone to whom he was not married, as suggested by the title given to it by Thomas Pope, who edited an anthology of English poetry in 1712. The sonnet was so popular that many imitations followed, some of which were very good. The best known one was written by George Chapman and called "The Lover's Complaint".
Here we see how difficult it is to classify works by Shakespeare! Although most scholars agree that Sonnet 43 is written in the form of a Petrarchan sonnet, this does not necessarily mean that it was written for a woman. Many of Shakespeare's sonnets were probably written for men. However, since they are not signed, we cannot be sure of their recipient. What's more, several of these sonnets seem to deal with love stories between men and women. So if you ask me, Sonnet 43 is a love poem written by Shakespeare for himself!
Petrarchan Sonne/Italian Sonnet "The Sheaves" by Edwin Arlington Robinson is an example of an Italian Sonnet/Petrarchan Sonnet. The world was gradually turning to gold. Gold that had been harvested from around the world and brought to Italy for use in jewelry, coins, and other goods. At the end of this poem, it is imagined that all the gold has been used up.
Sonnets were popular in Europe during the Renaissance. They often include pictures that help understanding the text as well as inspiring poems. In this case, the sonnets are about a young man who loves a girl but cannot express his love because it would be wrong. He does not want to hurt her feelings by saying something he doesn't mean. So, he expresses his love by showing how much he cares for her by using up all the gold he can find in order to buy her gifts. When there is no more gold, he will have to settle for flowers.
These sonnets were very popular among poets of their time. Many great poets including Petrarch, Donne, Herbert, Waller, and Wyatt published collections of their own sonnets. Today, people still enjoy reading these poems because they are easy to understand and appreciate good poetry when it is outside of school work.