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The Sonnet by John Fuller


The Sonnet by John Fuller

First published in 1972, this book examines the sonnet, one of the most complex yet accessible of verse forms. It traces its history, concentrating primarily on its technical development, and fully explains the differences between the Italian and English sonnet. The study looks at several different kinds of sonnet, including condensed and expanded sonnets, inverted and tailed sonnets and irregularities of metre and rhyme, and concludes with a survey of the sonnet sequence. This book will be useful to students of prosody and English poetry as well as those concerned with the practice of verse.

About the Author

John Fuller

John Fuller's latest collection of poetry, Ghosts, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. He is also a respected novelist: his fiction includes Flying to Nowhere (1983), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, Look Twice (1991), The Worm and the Star (1993) and A Skin Diary (1997). His books written for children include The Last Bid (1975) and The Extraordinary Wool Mill and Other Stories (1980). The Memoirs of Laetitia Horsepole, by Herself (2001), is a portrait of the eighteenth-century painter, philosopher and femme fatale.

John Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Oxford.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th July 2017


John Fuller

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


90 pages


Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: general



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