Select three sonnets and show which form they are. Discuss how their content reflects the form.

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"Whoso List to Hunt"

This is a sonnet which adheres to the Petrarchan sonnet form. In a Petrarchan sonnet, the first eight lines (the octave) present a problem or a question, and the last six lines (the sestet) present an answer or a solution. In "Whoso List to Hunt," the question in the first eight lines is whether or not the speaker can capture the woman he is in love with. The answer he arrives at in the final six lines is that nobody, including himself, can have the woman he is in love with because she is already claimed by "Caesar."

"Sonnet 116"

"Sonnet 116" is a Shakespearean sonnet, which means it is divided into four sections, with each section having a separate focus. The four sections of a Shakespearean sonnet comprise three quatrains and one rhyming couplet at the end. The first quatrain in this sonnet states that true love is unchanging. The second quatrain states that true love also offers guidance through difficult times, and is thus "the star to every wand'ring bark." The...

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