Sonnet Poems

Sonnet Examples

A sonnet is a poem that has 14 lines and follows a specific rhyme scheme. It comes from the Italian word that means “little song.” There are various types of sonnets, and each one is formatted a little differently, following various rhyme schemes. The three main types are the Italian (or Petrarchan) sonnet, the English (or Shakespearean) sonnet, and the Spenserian sonnet. They are named after the poets who made them famous. These forms have been around since the sixteenth century.

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Different Types of Sonnets

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  1. How Do I Love Thee?

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of being and ideal grace.

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    On October 7, 1993, I recited my version of this poem at the moment that my first granddaughter was born, as I fell in love with that small pink bundle. I have referred to this poem on every...

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  3. Stay Or Go?

    • By GA Thompson
    • Published: March 2016

    The days go by, then a month, then a year,
    and still through the days I see not a change.
    No matter what happens, you still aren't here,
    and how you just disappeared is what's strange.

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    I love this poem, and like you, I had to grow up at a young age. A sick parent, being bullied and just life in general. To me this poem expresses the inner struggles with myself; knowing that...

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  4. In The Shadow Of Your Warm Love

    In the shadow of your warm love
    I feel so safe and secure,
    And your soft, caring hands
    Urge me on to bravely endure.

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  6. Acquainted With The Night

    I have been one acquainted with the night.
    I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
    I have outwalked the furthest city light.

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  7. Candy Corn

    • By Jan R
    • Published: December 2014
    Shakespearean Sonnet For Halloween

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    Against the black void, looms the lunar sphere.
    Hungry ghosts haunt, satisfied by fright.
    Oh my! The children's faces blanch in fear.
    And thus the small summit embodies white.

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  8. My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun

    My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
    Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
    If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
    If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

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  10. When I Have Fears

    When I have fears that I may cease to be
    Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
    Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,
    Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;

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  11. Autumn Storm By Firelight

    A flash of lightening streaks across the sky.
    We huddle close beneath the trembling eaves
    As thunder roars a nightmare lullaby,
    And strips the trees outside of summer leaves.

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  12. There's No Obscurity

    • By Astrid Sardinas
    • Published: May 2009

    As I gaze into his liquid gold eyes,
    Poetry radiates from his warm soul
    His lips brush mine and I soar through the skies
    Passion seizes me; I loose my control

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  13. Halloween Sonnet

    • By Paul Cleere
    • Published: December 2014

    When leaves start turning orange and golden-brown
    Kids start to dress in costumes so dandy.
    For one day a year, all throughout the town
    It's time for kids to amass some candy.

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