In last month’s blog, I covered a range of definitions of where sonnets gather together in ones, twos and larger herds. Now let’s look at coherence between them. FAMILIAL TIES As with any creation in any medium there is a balance to be found within sequences between variety and coherence. Variety may be engendered through: … Continue reading Sonnet Sequences – Part Two
Vast herds of sonnets roam over the plains of literature. Where are they migrating to? Will the weakest be picked off by predators? One amongst them may be the pride of the herd. And what bonds them together? This month, I would like to touch upon the different types of sonnet sequences. Although I’ve tried … Continue reading Sonnet Sequences – Part One
I note that my website currently declares me as a writer of sonnets, and that whilst this was an early admission that perhaps I could not yet justify calling myself “a poet”, there was some deft logic behind it. This blog series is about sonnets. Many of the poems I write are guided by this … Continue reading Writer or Poet?
When is a poem finished? The decision on whether your poem is complete depends on who is involved. By “complete”, I do not mean perfect, but stable such that no further changes may be foreseen by those persons it is reviewed by. These persons may be the author, trusted readers, workshop participants, editors, or the … Continue reading When is a poem finished?
Have you heard of the Antikythera mechanism? It is an archaeological find of a clockwork device originating from Antiquity . Pictures of it show a compact mechanism of cogs and gears. Sometimes, I think, a sonnet may be such a concise mechanism too, with every word playing a part. When writing a sonnet, which may … Continue reading Sculpting Breath – Punctuation in Poetry