I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.
—Henry David Thoreau
A 14-line lyric poem that often explores and resolves a focused theme. Italian (or Petrarchan) sonnets are divided into two quatrains and a six-line "sestet"; English (or Shakespearean) sonnets are composed of three quatrains and a final couplet. English sonnets are written generally in iambic pentameter.