sonnet. Though poetry can be a bit complex because of all its rules, those very rules can produce some interesting and beautiful texts. The sonnet started in Italy in the 13th century, so the first sonnets were in Italian. We started seeing English sonnets in England in the 16th century. In this lesson, I will teach you more about the history of the sonnet, and then, I will show you an example written by Shakespeare. This is a chance to add to your vocabulary and to learn something about an aspect of English literature. After watching, you can take a look at some of my other poetry lessons.