AskDefine | Define sonneteer

Dictionary Definition

sonneteer n : a poet who writes sonnets

Extensive Definition

Sonneteer is an archaic term for a poet who composes sonnets, though the individual may not necessarily write poetry exclusively in that particular poetic form. It is also used as a term of derision for a poet who is perceived as being minor or insignificant. Contemporary poets who compose sonnets often choose to refer to themselves simply as sonnet writers.

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