GEM: How Hooft wrote his sonnets


Although they had another function then the outline charts like that of Joseph Heller for his Catch-22 (see GEM of the Week of August the 6th), the ‘Rijmkladboeken’ of Hooft can give us some insight in the way the seventeenth-century poet wrote his poetry. The University of Amsterdam, which owns all three examples of these scribble-books, scanned them and made them accessible online.