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Celebrate the Sonnet at the library

Posted: December 5, 2013 - 12:02pm

The Faulkner County Library and the creative writing students at the University of Central Arkansas are Celebrating the Sonnet!

Join them at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, for an evening of poetry and light refreshments.

Students of Dr. John Vanderslice who are enrolled in a Sonnet Writing Workshop class will read from their own original sonnets, as well as the work of master sonneteers from throughout the centuries.

The poetic form known as the sonnet originated in Italy. The sonnet has a specific structure of 14 lines written in iambic pentameter. Shakespeare was famous for his sonnets, as well as Petrarch, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Modern sonneteers include Robert Frost, E. E. Cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, to list only a few.

How do I write thee? Let me count the ways.

I write thee to the depth and breadth and height

My imagination can reach, when feeling pretty bright

And perky with inspiration unfazed.

I write thee to the level of every day’s

Most critical standard, by sun and monitor light.

I write thee freely, as writers strive for wording right;

I write thee purely as they turn a phrase.

I write thee with a passion put to use

From my old griefs and childhood faiths.

I write thee with all sense of time lost

With my lost innocence—I write thee with the best

Smiles, tears, of all my life!—don’t count the cost,

I shall write thee better on the test.

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