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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Italian Verse Italy is the birthplace of the sonnet, probably the single most popular and well known verse form of the poetic world. That is probably all one needs to say about the importance of Italian prosody in the literary world but there is much much more. Italian poetry slowly developed after the fall of the Roman Empire. It was influenced by the power struggle between the Vatican and the secular government, French and Occitan literature (the French language is a century older than the Italian language) and the spiritual writings of Frances