Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Great Regulars: Together with Thomas Wyatt, Henry Howard,

earl of Surrey, was the Tudor poet who did most to establish that new Italian immigrant, the sonnet, in remarkably comfortable quarters in the English language. This week's poem, Brittle Beauty (also known as The Frailty and Hurtfulness of Beauty), is one of those in which Surrey sets himself the challenge of playing the same duo of rhyme-sounds in each of its three quatrains.

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Brittle Beauty by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey


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