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A linked sequence of lyric poems (usually sonnets), in which the last line of each poem is repeated as the first line of the next, until the final line of the last (usually the seventh) poem repeats the opening line of the first. An Italian form of poetic tribute to the person addressed, the crown of sonnets was used in English by John Donne in the introductory sequence of his Holy Sonnets (1633). Sir Philip Sidney had earlier written a crown of dizains in his Arcadia (1590).

Subjects: Literature.

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