Sunday Sonnet

Something different! A “reverse” sonnet, by Rubert Brooke.

References

Brooke, Rubert. “Sonnet Reversed”. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. page 190.

Sunday Sonnet

Elizabeth Bishop is one of my favorite poets, a great influence on my writing. This poem is from The Art of the Sonnet, edited by Stephen Burt & David Mikics.

References

Bishop, Elizabeth. “Sonnet”. The Art of the Sonnet, edited by Stephen Burt & David Mikics. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010. page 337.

Sunday Sonnet

I have been reading about Elizabeth I & I wanted to find a sonnet written by her but I couldn’t. This is one from that era. Lots of sonnets from that era! It was a great time for sonnets. This is from The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland.

References

Ralegh, Sir Walter. “Sir Walter Ralegh to His Son.” The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W.Norton & Company, 2008. poem found on page 86.

Sunday Sonnet

Something completely different. From The Reality Street Book of Sonnets, edited by Jeff Hilson.

References

Aktins, Tim. “Petrarch: Sonnet 204”. The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. edited by Jeff Hilson. Hastings, East Sussex: Reality Street Publications, 2008. poem is found on page 268

Sunday Sonnet … on Monday

Yesterday was another day when things just got away from me! So Sunday Sonnet is a day late.

I picked out this poem yesterday. Anne Locke wrote a sonnet sequence using the Psalms as her theme; this one is based on Psalm 51. As you can see, it’s actually two sonnets comprising one whole poem.

References

Locke, Anne. “from A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner: Written in manner of a Paraphrase upon the 51 Psalme of David”. The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 200 Years of a Classic Tradition in English, edited by Phillis Levin. Penguin, 2001. page 8.

Sunday Sonnet

Today’s sonnet is by W. B. Yeats. I pulled this poem from The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English, edited by Philip Levin.

References

Yeats, William Butler. “A Crazed Girl”. The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English. Philip Levin, editor. NY: Penguin Books, 2001. poem found on page 158.

Sunday Sonnet … on Monday Morning

I was so busy doing other things yesterday that I completely forgot about the Sunday Sonnet. My apologies!

This week’s sonnet is by Geraldine Monk. I know little about her except that she is from Britain. The only work I have by her is in The Reality Street Book of Sonnets, a selection from her book Ghost & Other Sonnets.

None of the poems are titled. I like that there’s always a couplet at the end & I really love the internal rhyming. I plan to find more of her poems. She’s on my list as of right now.

I was attracted to this poem because of the Patsy Cline reference & because I knew what song she was talking about.

References

Monk, Geraldine. Sonnet from “Ghosts & Other Sonnets”. The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. edited by Jeff Hilson. Hastings, East Sussex: Reality Street Editions, 2008. page 204.

Sunday Sonnet

Today’s sonnet is from The Reality Street Book of Sonnets, edited by Jeff Hilson.

Reading the sonnets in this book is like listening to bebop jazz when the only music you’ve heard your entire life has been Beethoven & Bach. I’ll be honest with you, I’m hard pressed to call some of these poems “sonnets” but who cares? They’re great poems, no matter what they’re called.

This is #20 from “The Unfollowing” by Lyn Hejinian. It’s on page 82.

References

Hejinian, Lyn. “20 from ‘The Unfollowing'”. The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. Edited by Jeff Hilson. Hastings, East Sussex: Reality Street Publishing, 2008.

Sunday Sonnet

Once again, the Sunday Sonnet is from The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. This is by the famous beat poet, Allen Ginsberg. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ginsberg after a poetry reading he gave to benefit the Jewel Heart Buddhist Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He was sweet & witty & quite the flirt.

References

Ginsberg, Allen. “from Two Sonnets”. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: WW Norton & Co., 2008. poem found on page 246