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    Is ther need for addresse in any ssonnet I mean could we addresse all human being in a sonnet instead one person man or weman?

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    Re: sonnet

    Hello Hulkman, welcome to UE!

    Yes; you can explicitly address a sonnet to one person, two people, a football team, all the people who live in Africa, everyone with red hair, all women, all men, a particular white horse in Sweden, the moon, the people of the future, the people of the past everyone or anyone!

    You can even address a sonnet to yourself.

    Then too, sometimes a sonnet has no explicit addressee; in which case, we may say that it is addressed to "whoever reads it".


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    Re: sonnet

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: sonnet

    In addition, a sonnet has 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme. That's all the requirements there are. John Donne, a 17th century poet, addressed this sonnet to God:

    BATTER my heart, three person'd God; for, you
    As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend;
    That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow mee,'and bend
    Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new.
    I, like an usurpt towne, to'another due, 5
    Labour to'admit you, but Oh, to no end,
    Reason your viceroy in mee, mee should defend,
    But is captiv'd, and proves weake or untrue.
    Yet dearely'I love you,'and would be loved faine,
    But am betroth'd unto your enemie: 10
    Divorce mee,'untie, or breake that knot againe;
    Take mee to you, imprison mee, for I
    Except you'enthrall mee, never shall be free,
    Nor ever chast, except you ravish mee.


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