At the start of 1998, Hut asked The Verve to put out another single from the album, an idea which the band disagreed with. Unusually, Hut pressed them on this matter, and so the band finally agreed to release "Sonnet", but only in a format that would make it ineligible for chart recognition. Consequently, "Sonnet" was released as part of a set of four 12-inch records (backed by "Stamped", "So Sister" and "Echo Bass"). The release was limited to just 5000 copies, despite the huge radio coverage it received, and the official chart refused to recognize it as a single because of the extra content, as planned. The pack was released in a cardboard mailer, and the preceding three singles from the album, all re-released on the same day, fitted into the mailer.
However, sales of an imported format made it chart at number 74.
"Sonnet" appeared on the MTV animated series Daria in the first episode of the third season, when she starts thinking about using contact lenses.
The music video begins with the depiction of a garage. An "Exit" sign written in Russian can be seen in the background. The rest of the video consists of repeated close-ups of Richard Ashcroft sitting down on a chair, with different backgrounds each time.