"The Letter" by Vittorio ReggianiniFive Sonnets from ‘The Gift of Life’ by Amanda Hall The Society February 8, 2021 Art, Beauty, Culture, Epic, Poetry 7 Comments . “The Gift of Life” is a formal epic poem of 600 original Shakespearean sonnets, a tale about a love that existed in life and art with equal force. The heroine of the tale goes to the great war of words with the avant-garde, on behalf of the classical artistic tradition, and succeeds in destroying the modern artists of fecal “art” Madonnas and crucifixes submerged in urine. It is a statement on behalf of beautiful artistry in a culture of great sickness. The volume is available for Kindle and paperback, here.. . The Public View And though the villains did their best to kill Enthusiasm for the greeting cards, The public could not get their feast or fill Of what Anne Hart had granted modern bards: Unleashed from chains of ugliness and hate, The Poem by Anne Hart was given wing; And love in content and form did create A music such that seraphim might sing. The music to the art of partner Matt, On greeting cards and e-cards fixed and joined, Created such demand in market that A brand new phrase to capture it was coined: Phenomenon of Love Links greeting cards Was called, “The Chain of Love Begun by Bards.” ∞ The people, overwhelmed by newfound joy, Sent e-cards by the score to those they loved; The shy and fervent adolescent boy Sent cards to all the many girls he loved. The husband to his wife sent one along, The wife to husband made the same sweet move; The internet was warm with art and song, Which lovers used their truest love to prove. The mother to her daughter sent a card; The daughter to her mother sent as well; All family members used the tune of bard To love of other family members tell. The message boxes of so many folks Were filled with Hart’s poetic loving pokes! ∞ Success of love was love and more love sent, For once a heart was to pure loving prone, All envy, malice and its kind was rent By lover’s sigh, the sweetest, softest moan. There was no way that those by pure love touched Could ever turn away from what they’d found. The heart of Anne that had so many touched Made masses firm to stand the lover’s ground. Against the avant-garde the public stood As one united mass linked tight in love; They used creative tools to work for Good With weapons that resembled those of dove. It was not hate to hate the public spewed, But messages with hope and love imbued. ∞ If internet could pass a stream of hate, In form of what the avant-garde had sent, A stream of love could with its power sate The need for peace that avant-garde had rent. To make a dent in what the Beats had done, Vast scores of bloggers plunked away at keys. They would not rest till Love’s Day had been won, By bringing those who slandered Hart to knees. With quick and agile fingers to the mark, Anne Hart’s defenders struck at hate with love; They told the world why it should pause and hark To sentiments of boundless gift of love. Hephaestus and Apollo granting fire, The diarists projected love to lyre. ∞ “I don’t know why the Beats are keen to pick On Anne,” one blogger wrote. “She offers love, By sending words which light and hone its wick— One can’t be damped by hater’s awful glove. The Beats do talk of love with endless praise, And claim that Beauty is the enemy That all who love the human race must raze If we are from its falsehood to be free. Yet what do these types offer in return? Once beauty’s gone, what part of us will stand? True Beauty is the way that humans learn Which sights and feats will guide a way-worn hand. It’s love for what is good and what is true That makes real Beauty in Art speak time through. . . Amanda Hall is the author of many self-published volumes in poetry, fiction, theatre and scholarship—among them two epic poems, The Gift of Life: An Epic in Verse, and The Laughing Pen: An Epic Satire in Heroic Meter. She has been a critical journalist, in the past, for The New Individualist, tackling issues of aesthetics. She currently resides in Southwest Florida. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. 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Reply Amanda Hall February 10, 2021 A wonderful review of the epic, for those who are interested: https://artisanbookreviews.com/2020/05/26/the-gift-of-life-an-epic-in-verse-by-amanda-hall/?fbclid=IwAR3_8htWaTkQUyCb3sJmSQizBbnP2MWdeRWnMAlyPX9Pbe_4NrT65m-uIQs Reply Margaret Coats February 12, 2021 Amanda, yours is an attempt to lift the love sonnet sequence to another level. Six hundred sonnets do extend it to epic length, and the “war of words” promises epic battles, but it would be interesting to know how you reached for any other qualities of the epic genre. For your narrative, you certainly needed to leave behind the usual independence of love sonnets in the lyric sequence. Perhaps the end of the first sonnet above tries to establish some epic epithets for Anne’s work. I even seem to notice some striving for a higher style, but as these are still love sonnets, they would seem to remain in middle style–nothing to be ashamed of, as Petrarch and the Renaissance sonneteers wrote in middle style. You have made a good selection of five here, as the final lines recall the classic triad of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Reply Amanda Hall February 13, 2021 Thank you for these thoughtful remarks, Ms. Coats. I would be interested to know your thoughts, upon reading more of the work. I am a novelist of epics, as well as verse narratives, and I assure you, there is a solid plot, characters and resolution, to an epic battle, in this work. I chose sonnets, because I liked the little condensed work to stand on its own, as well as chained within the greater narrative. If you would be so kind as to review, Ms. Coats, I have a paperback copy I could wing your way, with snail mail. Thanks again for your insight. I am happy to have the attention of so talented a hand. Best, Amanda Reply Margaret Coats February 13, 2021 Thank you, Amanda, for the opportunity! I will be happy to review, and will send an e-mail with address to Evan Mantyk to forward to you. Leave a Reply to Margaret Coats 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.