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Considering the Sonnet as Verse Form The sonnet originated in Italy and has been first written by a guy named Giacomo da Lentino. This type soon started to become popular, because it enabled the poet to express a large amount of ideas or ideas in only two lines. It was then developed by many poets to suit their own needs. It was especially popular with Cavalcanti, Dante and Petrarch. Francesco Petrarch was most likely one of the most well-known of the Italian sonnet authors and so the Italian form can also be called the Petrarchan form. This type of poem eventually spread into England, brought over by Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of surrey. The Petrarchan form is very stiff and is not open to variant in rhyme scheme or sequence (using an octave and then a sestet along with a Volta in the middle). It is likewise very set with subject matter - love, change and time. The sonnet form has changed a great deal since the time of the initial Petrarchan sonnets. In this essay I have discussed the changes which have been made to the sonnet form, by whom and for what reason. The Petrarchan form of the sonnet has been one of the first kinds. This type is quite stiff in format. It starts with the first eight lines, the octave, which states the problem or question. It then has a Volta where the sonnet changes management, or attitude. Afterward the sestet (the last six lines) follows by answering the question solves the problem. Sir Thomas Wyatt's sonnet 'Who list to search' is a famous example of the Petrarchan form in England. This sonnet was composed about the queen and at the octave he talks about the way he searches for her but in 'vain travail' because it resembles...