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  • v. Present participle of sonneteer.


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  • He had talked over the art of sonneteering with Tasso, the art of history with

    Westward Ho!

  • Rather than boring you by discussing what you undoubtedly already know and feel about Shakespeare's best-known sonnets, such as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' (sonnet 18) and 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds/Admit impediments' (sonnet 116), let me show you instead one more example that demonstrates the highly self-conscious and rhetorical manner of Shakespeare's incomparable sonneteering.


  • She is fresh, breezy, and iconoclastic (as is Rosalind) about the posturings of Petrarchan love-sonneteering.


  • Romeo is coming on pretty strong, and his metaphor betrays the very sort of fashionable sonneteering that Juliet will try to wean him from in their first extended conversation in the garden below her window.


  • You are falling into your old moony ways again, and sonneteering in plain English.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 28, July, 1873

  • But no painting, chiseling, writing, or sonneteering blackguard, shall ever catch a girl of mine.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • Mendacity then becomes an intellectual exercise, such as the poet's sonneteering to an imaginary lady-love.

    The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia

  • Does the master wit of the Play consist in any one class of fun, as verbal conceits in the punning line; practical jokes; Euphuism, so-called; banter in speech and retort, versemaking and sonneteering, learned quips, or in the use of all these combined in a way to bring out the point of the Play -- the clash of natural with artificial methods.

    Shakespeare Study Programs; The Comedies

  • After all, there is no need that every gifted writer should take the path of poetry -- still less of sonneteering.

    Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

  • It asked so much special courage to send a first attempt at sonneteering to the greatest living master of the sonnet that moral daring alone ought to have got me off lightly, but here is Rossetti's reply, valuable now, as well for the view it affords of the poet's attitude towards the sonnet as a medium of expression, as for other reasons already assigned.

    Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti


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