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 http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1041/1041-h/1041-h.htm , 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”.
Elizabeth Bishop wrote a sonnet in 1928 and 1979, both of which are really cool — ‘modern’ as far as poetry goes, anyways! haha
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.
so stoked on this @@agasthya