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November 18, 1939

M One Thousand Autobiographical Sonnets

JAMA. 1939;113(21):1906. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800460060034

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This book is cleverly titled with the metric symbol for a thousand, which happens also to be the author's initials. It contains 1,000 sonnets of 50,000 which he has written, though he pledges himself that most of the rest will not be published. These sonnets are in many different forms. A considerable number present the traditional octet and sextet of the estalished form for this poetic medium. Others are differently divided, one for example consisting of couplet, triolet couplet and triolet quatrain, with the second line of the latter broken in two. There are others in two stanzas of seven lines, some in three-five-three and three, and still others in five-two-two and one. The rhythm is as causal and irregular as the stanza divisions. Lines are frequently broken in the middle. Rhymes appear or are ignored, at the author's pleasure. The sonnets are said to be autobiographic, but the reader

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