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Sonnetteer

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Sonnette'er. n.s. [sonnetier, French; from sonnet.] A small poet, in contempt.

Assist me, some extemporal god of rhime; for I am sure I shall turn sonnetteer. Shakesp. Love's Labour's Lost.

He first thinks fit no sonnetteer advance
His censure farther than the song or dance.
Dyrden.

There are as many kinds of gardening as of poetry: your makers of parterres and flower-gardens are epigrammatists and sonnetteers in this art. Spectator.

What woful stuff this madrigal would be,
In some starv'd hackney sonnetteer or me?
But let a lord once own the happy lines,
How the wit brightens! How the style refines!
Pope.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Sonnetteer." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 24, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=17212.


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