Assignment #5
  1. 1
    Retell an existing fairy tale
  2. 2
    Use a Shakespearean sonnet rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
  3. 3
    Only use instruments that don't require electricity to function
  • Due Jun 21, 2020
  • 7 Submissions
  • Created by agasthya


Sam Pearce May 26, 2020 12:16pm

Yeah, awesome assignment @@agasthya . I’ve only ever read a few sonnets and thought it would be cool to read more before trying to write my own. I found all of Shakespeare’s sonnets here , in case anyone is interested. Relatedly, does anyone know any modern sonnets they find inspiring? I love E.E. Cumming’s “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in”.

ryan May 27, 2020 11:07am

Elizabeth Bishop wrote a sonnet in 1928 and 1979, both of which are really cool — ‘modern’ as far as poetry goes, anyways! haha

ryan May 27, 2020 11:08am

The 1928 piece seems just a touch related to what we’re up to here:

I am in need of music that would flow

Over my fretful, feeling finger-tips,

Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,

With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.

Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,

Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,

A song to fall like water on my head,

And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:

A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool

Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep

To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,

And floats forever in a moon-green pool,

Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

peter May 25, 2020 5:42pm

so stoked on this @@agasthya

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  1. 1
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  2. 2
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  3. 3
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  1. 1
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  2. 2
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  3. 3
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  1. 1
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  2. 2
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  3. 3
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