Sonnets have been a popular form of poetry for hundreds of years. Though there is more than one type of sonnet, we like to use the Shakspearean form.
Here is the Sonnet 30, by William Shakespeare:
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a think I sought,
And with old woes' new wail my dear times waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancelled woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoanéd moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think of thee, dear friend
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
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Links to more Sonnets
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Shakespeare Sonnets
Sonnets by Spenser from Various Sources
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