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KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, & CO., I, PATERNOSTER SQUARE

MDCCCLXXXIII

OXFORD

UNIV

INTRODUCTION.

INTRODUCTION.

THE Sonnet-both thing and name -comes to us from the Italian. It. 'sonetto' is the diminutive of ' suono '= sound. In early Italian 'sonare'='to 'play upon an instrument,' as Boccaccio, Nov. 97, 'Avviso che la Lisa volesse

per udirlo alquanto e sonare e cantare.' Ballata, sonetto, canzone, were originally distinguished thus: canzone= words merely sung; sonetto = words with instrumental accompaniment; ballata words accompanied with dancing. But already in Dante's time the three terms had come to denote only three different forms of poem. 'Qui

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