Smith's innovation in the Elegiac Sonnets derives from the ways in which the formal traditions of sonnet and elegy converge.
Because the sonnet 's formal structure was so well defined, its popularity as a form risked obscuring the boundary between true art and simple workmanship.
Most of the poems employ the forms of the sonnet , rhymed couplets, and ballad stanzas, and most were composed while Cullen was an undergraduate at New York University.
Fascinated throughout his career by venerable poetic fixed forms such as the sonnet , the triolet, and the Malayan pantoum, Jouet chose to invent a new fixed form.
Like Petrarch, he sonnet ted his mistress, both before and after death.
Why else would Robert Lowell, for example, spend the best part of his last ten years on earth stuffing everything into a fourteen-line loose approximation of a sonnet , lines whose randomness save him from dullness?
Although it does not fit the metrical requirements of a sonnet , Herrick's song follows a metrical pattern and rhyme scheme.
The biography then turns to extra-familial influences, including Surrey's friendship with Henry Fitzroy, the Earl of Richmond, for whom he would invent the English sonnet in his Windsor elegies.
Wroth highlights and intensifies the complex, highly-structured nature of the corona by composing it of fourteen sonnets , mirroring the fourteen lines of the sonnet itself.
Cook's first collection presents a series of experiments with formal structures; standard sonnets , quatrains, and the more recently standard haiku and ghazal as well.