I have several books dedicated to sonnets & The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland is one of my favorites. I’m not even sure where I got this book. I think at some used book store in New England, when I was living there a few years ago. But I don’t remember. I collect so many books, especially collections of sonnets. I really love the sonnet form.
I have always loved Norton anthologies. I have a bunch of them. They’re the best. Not only do they have a great collection of literature within their covers, but they also have really great analysis of the poems, stories, essays.
As for this this collection, I can open up this book to any page & find a wonderful poem to read … to recite out loud … to share with a friend … it’s the most wonderful book. ALL my sonnet books are great but this is one of the very BEST.
So for today … this is the sonnet I’m sharing. & I just opened up the book! I didn’t plan ahead or anything. Here it is:
Ya know, I don’t even care about the rhyme scheme or anything. This is sublime. & it’s so lovely to write poems to poets that you love. I’m so happy that I read this poem today & that I was able to share this with you. (or you’s … I’m from Buffalo, after all).
Hirsch, Edward & Boland, Eavan. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.