Sunday Sonnet

Singer, Burns. “from Sonnets for a Dying Man: XLIX”. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. Poem found on page 252.

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Sunday Sonnet

Today’s poem is by novelist & poet & librettist Janet Loxley Lewis, born in Chicago, Illinois in 1899 & died in Los Altos, California in 1998. According to The Poetry Foundation, she considered poetry “superior” to prose. Her first book was published in 1922 & she was publishing into the 1990s.

I have been to the place she describes in this poem, alas, all too briefly.

References

Lewis, Janet. “Carmel Highlands”. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. poem can be found on page 207.

The Poetry Foundation. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/janet-loxley-lewis

Sunday Sonnet

Today’s poem is by Paul Valéry, a French poet, essayist & philosopher. This was translated by the poet & translator Richard Wilbur. From The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology.

References.

Valéry, Paul. “Helen”. translated by Richard Wilbur. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W.Norton & Company, 2008.

Sunday Sonnet

I just opened up the book & found this poem. Never heard of this poet before today. (Of course, I am more into women poets than men poets, what can I say). But this is a cool poem. Frank Bidart, I’ll have to remember that name.

References

Bidart, Frank. “Self-Portrait, 1969”. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. poem found on page 263.

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

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

Today’s poem reminds me that I haven’t been on the subway since the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve only taken the bus three times since March. How life has changed!

References

Denby, Edwin. “The Subway”. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. page 211.

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

Sunday Sonnet

Another one from The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. This poem is written by Alice Notley.

References.

Hirsch, Edward & Eavan Boland, editors. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. NY: W.W.Norton & Company, 2008. this poem is found on page 275.

Sunday Sonnet

Today’s sonnet is from The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. I had no real reason for choosing this poem; I chose it simply by opening up the book & picking the first poem that I saw upon the page.

References

Hirsch, Edward & Eavan Boland, editors. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. page 234.