Petrarchan sonnet: Inspiration

Vaughan, Michael (2012) Petrarchan sonnet: Inspiration.

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Title Petrarchan sonnet: Inspiration
Abstract/Summary The Poem elucidates the functions and forms that inspiration takes for the creative writer. Four pictorial images in the Poem represent the northern lights, rationality, intuition and premonition. Inspiration, that goal of all writers and poets, may be defined as "stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings and so forth to special or unusual activity or creativity." This Sonnet is an attempt to give poetic expression and substance to just such a state by exploring a number of its component parts and associated meanings.
Keyword Explosive insight
New cognition
Distilled rationality
Sudden intuition
Teleported premonition
Date 2012-02-11
Subjects 16 Studies in Human Society
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
20 Language, Communication and Culture
Author Vaughan, Michael
Open Access Status Other
Additional Notes The Petrarchan or Italian Sonnet is divided into two sections by two differing rhyming sounds. The first 8 lines is called the OCTAVE (two quatrains) and rhymes a-b-b-a a-b-b-a. The remaining 6 lines is called the SESTET (two tercets) and can rhyme c-d-c-d-c-d. Petrarch never ended one of his Sonnets with a couplet (d-d, or, e-e.) Petrarch's Sonnets were dedicated solely to the woman he loved, Laura, and were based on the convention of "courtly love", whereby the woman so desired could never be obtained. Modern Sonnets often experiment with 14 lines and rhyme schemes, being concise and visual in their intended effect. Such Sonnets may deal with Love or Philosophy, though almost any topic can be examined by the individual Poet.

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Created: Sat, 11 Feb 2012, 14:15:28 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies