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The Making of a Sonnet A Norton Anthology

Edward Hirsch â 9 eview

For all purposes this is probably one of the largest collections of sonnets many of them devoted to modern sonnets as opposed to ones from different languages or different eras I ecommend the Art of The Sonnet by Stephen Burt as a substitute the selection isnt as extensive Art of The Sonnet by Stephen Burt as a substitute the selection isnt as extensive the choices are much better with egards to uality and conceit whereas the choices from this anthology seem much andom and not as carefully thought out Dry perfunctory This volume calls out the euisite list of classics for their particular merits Another canonical compendium from Norton and little substantive mater 10 uestions For A Sonnet Workshop An a Sonnet Workshop An collection organized by century Extraordinary to see the ways in which the form developed over time and also the uniue approach of each poet within the same strict form LovelyHere s a sample The Illiterate by George MeredithTouching your goodness I am like a manWho turns a letter over in his handAnd you might think this was because the handWas unfamiliar but truth is the manHas never had a letter from anyone And now he is both afraid of what it meansAnd ashamed because he has no other meansTo find out what it says than to ask someoneHis Uncle could have left the farm to him Or his parents died before he sent them wordOr the "dark girl changed and want him for belovedAfraid and letter proud he keeps it with himWhat would "girl changed and want him for belovedAfraid and letter proud he keeps it with himWhat would call his feeling for the wordsThat keep him ich and orphaned and beloved106 Death Be Not Proud John Donne106 Batter My Heart 143 Grasshopper and the Cricket Leigh Hunt155 Half My Life is Gone Longfellow155 The Sheaves 189 The Silken Tent Frost190 Never Again 213 View Phyllis McGinley232 The Illiterate William Meredith237 The Snow Weed Howard Moss238 Jacob s Ladder Donald Davie239 Death By Drowning Elizabeth Brewster242 Mrs Snow Donald Justice251 Llanto Philip Levine25. This illuminating anthology follows the sonnet through its various moments and makers over five and a half centuries Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland two of our foremost poets focus on vicissitudes paying particular attention to how individual poets from Shakespeare to Strand have claimed these fourtee. .
8 Conversation Among the Ruins Sylvia Plath264 Poetic K Fields267 Sonnet Robert Pinsky300 Sonnet Michelangelo305 Wreath Sonnet Michelangelo305 Wreath Herbert332 American Sonnet Billy Collins344 I Find No Peace Petrarch344 My Lady Michelangelo351 As the title suggests this is not an anthology but a course on a poetic form in English Only a small section by the end is dedicated to sonnets in translation The themes and traditions are inconseuential which often makes this book a little dry The introduction and the essays stress well the importance of the poetic form It is up to the eader to understand the sonnet as a poetic form through exhaustion Discovered many great sonnets as well as many bad
ONES I FELT THAT TOO MUCH 
I felt that too much was given
many bad ones I felt that too much importance was given the 20th century whereas other eras were sadly neglected The curation could have been better too The title is a bit deceptive as this is primarily an anthology but from an anthology you eally couldn t ask for It covers the evolution of the sonnet century by century beginning with the 16th It of course includes all the biggies Shakespeare Hopkins Millay etc but the 20th century especially is iddled with poets unknown or only barely known to me Here s one from Mystery TrainDavid Wojhan1 Homage Light From the HallIt is Soul Brother Number One James BrownChanting It wouldn t be nothing Noth iiiinnnnngggDismembering the notes until everything hangsOn his mystical half screech notes skidding oundYour brain as you listen apt thirteenTransistor and its single earphone tuckedWith you beneath the midnight covers station WKEDBig Daddy Armand The Ragin CajunSpinning the bossest platters for you allGolden age trance when New Orleans stationsTraveling two thousand miles shaped distanceInto alchemy Beneath the door a light from the hallBathing the bedroom in its stammering glowCooke and Redding Stories from a Siberian Village risen James Brown uak. N lines lengthened them shortened them elaborated on them and in turn been defined by them Three sections The Sonnet in the Mirror The Sonnet Goes to Different Lengths and The Sonnet extraordinary durability and itseinventions The collection opens with personal introductions by the editors and in Ing the ApolloAnd another and older just becauseSonnet 30Edmund SpenserMy love is lyke to yse and I to fyre How comes it then that this her cold so greatIs not dissolved through my so hot desyreBut harder growes the I her intreatOr
HOW COMES IT THAT MY EXCEEDING 
comes it that my exceeding not delayd by her hart frosen coldBut that I burne much in boyling sweatAnd feele my exceeding not delayd by her hart frosen coldBut that I burne much in boyling sweatAnd feele flames augmented manifoldWhat miraculous thing may be toldThat fire which all things melts should harden yseAnd yse which is congeald with sencelesse coldShould kindle fyre by wonderful devyseSuch is the powre of love in gentle mindThat it can alter all the course of kynd A Norton Anthology in all the best and worst ways If you go by the number of pages devoted to the various incarnations of the sonnet in this anthology you d come to the conclusion that the 20th century English language sonnet is the highpoint in the history of the form with some minor attention given to international sonneteers such as Neruda or Rilke The layout of the book was also problematic as you are given a detailed breakdown of sonnet mechanics at the very end of the volume if the breakdown was at the start of the anthology I would have a better appreciation for the intent of the poems outside of my normal aesthetics If you are interested in a deeper look at the history of the English language sonnets I d ecommend The Sonnet A Comprehensive Anthology of British and American Sonnets from the Renaissance to the Present Edited by Robert M Bender and Charles L Suier A fantastic collection of the Renaissance to the Present Edited by Robert M Bender and Charles L Suier A fantastic collection of and commentaries which charted the history and development of one of my favourite poetic forms It has kickstarted me eading poets I hadn t come across as well as Grauwacht revisiting old favourites A strong anthology of the sonnet form which gets particular credit for devoting its largest section to the 20th Centur. He appendix they provide Ten uestions for a Sonnet Workshop to jump start a conversation between students and teachers With than three hundred poems The Making of a Sonnet guideseaders through a vigorous adventures in craft and practice ight up to its extraordinary esurgence in contemporary poetr.