‘Sonnet Sonnet’ by Theresa Rodriguez The Society October 5, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 14 Comments To write of love, or speak of other things Like life or death, or such philosophy As might stir up an eager mind, which brings It to a bold, enriched reality: Oh, perfect, lovely forms! With such delight The poet and the reader can obtain A revelation of new thought, in light Of what the mind on paper may attain. For Petrarch, Shakespeare and then Spenser offer Us cripple-rhythmed beauty in a way That is uniquely to the point, and suffer Condensed and distilled thought to have its say. For I can surely rest my heart upon it: I love these three forms that are called the sonnet. Theresa Rodriguez is the author of Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs, Longer Thoughts, which has just been released by Shanti Arts, and Sonnets, a collection of sixty-five sonnets which has also just been released by Shanti Arts. Her work has appeared in such journals and publications as in the Wilderness House Literary Review, the Midwest Poetry Review, Leaf Magazine, Spindrift, the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry, Mezzo Cammin, The Scarlet Leaf Review, The Epoch Times, and the Society of Classical Poets. Her website is www.bardsinger.com. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. 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And ending the third quatrain with the lovely line “Condensed and distilled thought to have its say” gives us not just closure, but the traditionally accepted definition of the sonnet’s strength. In addition, the rhyme of “upon it” and “sonnet” in the closing couplet is more than just effective — it is DARING, since such a rhyme would most likely be attacked and damned in modernist circles. Brava, Ms. Rodriguez. Reply Theresa Rodriguez October 5, 2020 Thank you, Dr. Salemi, for your observations and comments, I appreciate it very much! I am so glad you liked it. Reply David Paul Behrens October 5, 2020 This poem is well written and enjoyable to read. Nice work! Reply Theresa Rodriguez October 5, 2020 Thank you David, I am so glad you liked it! Reply Margaret Coats October 5, 2020 The sonnet itself is indeed the subject here, but what is most fascinating is the personal interactions it establishes. In the first quatrain, it can bring an eager mind to enriched reality. This could be the mind of the poet alone, but in the second quatrain, both poet and reader relish the achievement of the sonnet as “mind on paper.” And it’s not all ideas, as Theresa has already said with, “Oh, lovely perfect forms!” In the third quatrain, she brings in three men, none of whom invented the forms named for them, but earned their recognition as writers of it. In the couplet she joins them, as enamored writer and reader of The Sonnet. Really nice structure! Reply Theresa Rodriguez October 5, 2020 Thank you for your fine analysis, Margaret, I appreciate it very much! Reply Cynthia Erlandson October 7, 2020 I agree with everyone here, that this is beautiful — but also, what a very creative idea, to write a sonnet about sonnets! Reply Theresa Rodriguez October 7, 2020 I’m glad you liked my idea, Cynthia, and thank you for your kind comment! Reply C.B. Anderson October 10, 2020 Theresa, you surely love your sonnets. Methinks you are yourself a sonnet. Nice going. Reply Theresa Rodriguez October 11, 2020 C.B., I suppose if I were to be a poem, it would be a sonnet! Thank you for your kind comment! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.