William Blake did not like traditional relationships
What’s so special about 14 lines and an arbitrary pre-determined rhyme scheme? A poetic architecture that traces back to the 13th century, the sonnet remains the most enduring of literary forms. The origin of the word itself suggests some of its power, deriving from the Italian word for “little song” or, to put it in more modern terms, some of history’s earliest earworms. Sonnets have cut across linguistic and cultural barriers, evolving and adapting to the changes of rhythms and meters, rhymes and times. There are sonnets about nature. There are sonnets about God. There are sonnets about grocery stores in Florida. Yet the most evocative version of the sonnet always returns to the same obsession: love.