A sonnet is very tough to create
Composed of iambs, and fourteen lines long
The sounds unstressed, then stressed, and alternate
This took an hour but I still did it wrong.
It is from Italian, through the word
Sonetto, meaning "a miniature song"
And beyond Latin sonus, it's all blurred;
Proto-Italic helped the word along.
The best hope is the reconstruction swen
Which we think had to do with "noise" or "sound".
Well, sonnet's usage peaked with Shakespeare, then
It tapered off but is still used around.
Although very difficult to produce,
This etymology's neat, I deduce.
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a senior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.