Elementary 53: Classic Sonnets

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There are times when we all wish that we were poets, right? Wouldn’t it be great to write verses that inspire others, or cause others to feel a certain way? Even if that dream is beyond your current reach, at least we can appreciate the poetry of others. Today we learn to talk about the characteristics of classic sonnets.

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 A: Ô Marilene, você se lembra das características de um soneto clássico?
Hey Marilene, do you remember the characteristics of a classical sonnet?
  B: Mais ou menos, se me lembro bem, ele é composto de 14 versos que possuem a mesma métrica?
More or less, if I remember correctly, it is made up of 14 lines that all have the same rhythm.
  A: É, apresentados em 4 estrofes, 2 quartetos e mais 2 tercetos, não é?
Right, broken up in 4 stanzas with 2 quartets and 2 triplets, right?
  B: E nos clássicos tem várias formas de posicionamento de rimas também.
And in classical forms that had different kinds of rhyming too.
  A: Como aquele do Camões, ‘Amor é fogo que arde sem se ver.’
Like that one of Camões, ‘Love is a fire that burns without seeing.’
  B: Ou aquele famoso do Vinicius, ‘De tudo ao meu amor serei atento.’
Or that famous one of Vinicius’, ‘Above all, to my love I’ll be attentive.’
  A: “Antes, e com tal zelo, e sempre, e tanto, Que mesmo em face do maior encanto...’
‘First, with care, and always and so much, that even when facing great delight…’
  B: ‘Dele se encante mais meu pensamento.’
‘By this my thoughts are more enchanted.’
  A: Uau Marilene, você conhece mesmo, não é?
Wow Marilene, you really know it, don’t you?
  B: Quem não conhece? Ele é famosíssimo.
Who doesn’t know it? It’s really famous.

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