Would it not be rash to conclude that there was no passion behind those sonnets to Delia which strike us as the thin music of a mandolin?
He had no sonnets to write, and it could not strike him agreeably that he was not an object of preference to the woman whom he had preferred.
However slight the terrestrial intercourse between Dante and Beatrice or Petrarch and Laura, time changes the proportion of things, and in later days it is preferable to have fewer sonnets and more conversation.
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I like the sonnet that begins, "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?"
Our next workshop, no one understood what my sublimated love sonnet was all about, but Rudy’s brought down the house.
Julia Alvarez -- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents