A depiction of William Shakespeare‘Decolonising the Curriculum’: A Dual Scenario by Paul Freeman The Society June 15, 2022 Culture, Poetry 18 Comments . Decolonising the Curriculum – Dual Scenario on Salford University’s recent treatment of the sonnet. We must decolonise our poetry Because it’s the twenty-first century, So don’t get preachy, telling me We owe it to ourselves and our ancient codes To read sonnets and odes, To write limericks and rondeaux, To revel in villanelles we compose. I’m sure it’s safe enough to say Traditional verse has become passé; Nobody on planet Earth can convince me We still need rhyming and metrical poetry! We still need rhyming and metrical poetry! Nobody on planet Earth can convince me Traditional verse has become passé. I’m sure it’s safe enough to say, To revel in villanelles we compose, To write limericks and rondeaux To read sonnets and odes, We owe it to ourselves and our ancient codes; So don’t get preachy, telling me Because it’s the twenty-first century, We must decolonise our poetry. . . Paul A. Freeman is the author of Rumours of Ophir, a crime novel which was taught in Zimbabwean high schools and has been translated into German. In addition to having two novels, a children’s book and an 18,000-word narrative poem (Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers!) commercially published, Paul is the author of hundreds of published short stories, poems and articles. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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. 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I have Evan’s encouragement and input to thank for pushing this poem beyond what I thought it could be. Reply Margaret Coats June 15, 2022 I’m sure it took labor to compose this work of wit! What to call it? A palindrome reads the same forward and backward, but also means the same. This reads forward and backward for opposing meanings. It would seem to suit the Mirrorverse game to be released in a week or so, as it will heartily confuse role-players. Great fun, Paul. Reply Paul Freeman June 16, 2022 Thank you for reading, Margaret. And thanks for the intriguing word ‘mirrorverse’ which sounds somewhat akin to the ‘multiverse’. Reply Russel Winick June 15, 2022 Good work Paul. Reminds me of an editor who told me that the topic of one of my poems was too serious for meter and rhyme. Ha! Reply Paul Freeman June 16, 2022 The more I learn about meter and rhyme, the more I see which is more suitable for light and serious verse – though some suit both. Thanks for reading Russel. Reply Cynthia Erlandson June 15, 2022 Wonderful word play, and you’re making a true and important point. Very clever, indeed! Reply Paul Freeman June 16, 2022 You’re making me blush, Cynthia. Thanks for reading and I’m glad you liked it. Reply Cheryl Corey June 15, 2022 This is ingenious, and it works! Reply Paul Freeman June 16, 2022 I went from thinking it was impossible to eureka with this one. Thanks for reading, Cheryl. Reply Clive Boddy June 15, 2022 Well done Paul, very clever. I feel that the free form fraternity would not be in favour. However, even the society of classical poets may shortly be publishing some ‘free verse’. Reply Paul Freeman June 16, 2022 Well, it’s not perfectly metered and does have a rap quality in places. I sometimes write in free verse if I want to explore a metaphor more extensively, often transferring it to my prose work. But when it comes down to it, I’m a traditionalist. Thanks for reading, Clive. Reply Allegra Silberstein June 15, 2022 What a delightful tuanortsa you written…thank you. Reply Paul Freeman June 16, 2022 And thank you for reading and expressing your thoughts, Allegra. Reply Norma Pain June 16, 2022 I really enjoyed this very clever word/line play Paul. It also speaks to me about communication and how some ideas can get misinterpreted if not spoken clearly. I love the idea behind the poem; it works well. Reply Paul Freeman June 17, 2022 Thanks for your kind comments, Norma. They mean a lot. Reply C.B. Anderson June 17, 2022 I applaud your effort to fight what is obviously an uphill battle. Never surrender! Reply Paul Freeman June 18, 2022 There are still enough traditional competitions and publishers around, which keeps me busy – though of course I’d like to be busier. Two days ago, for a competition, I wrote a poem about the proposal of UK politicians wanting to switch back to imperial measures, and last night I transformed ‘Composed on Westminster Bridge’ into prose (Okay, that might be sacrilege), also for a competition. Then there’s the Maria W Faust Sonnet competition we’re awaiting the results of. Thanks for reading, CB. 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.