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'Shall I compare thee ...?' Shakespearean or Petrarchan, why is the sonnet still popular?

Here’s the second – or is it the third? – in our occasional series on poetic forms, in which we invite you to look at and maybe have a go yourself. This time around, it’s the sonnet. Shakespeare is famously associated with the sonnet – after all, he wrote 154 of them, and a few more besides. Wordsworth composed 523, Keats 67, and Coleridge 48. In more recent times, contemporary poet Don Paterson is a big fan of them, too. The ...

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