Sonnet I: When He Fell

Might he have fallen when he saw her face,
If so enchanting was her smile–too young
Must she have been–and tyrian among
Oviedo’s great; or when she danced, so graceful

Were her palmas and her whirling lace,
She gave him tantalizing baile–flung
Careening adoration; when she sung,
As Andalusian cantos did embrace

Regarding not her reach; or did the sound,
Laughing delicate from out a learner’s
Able hand–nimble, did her fingers bound,
Tripping lightly over octaves–earn her

Triumph; with–crossing leagues of royal blue–
Iokean lips, though never history knew?

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10 responses to “Sonnet I: When He Fell

  1. Notes:

    • Iokean: (eye-OH-kyen), from Ioke, (eye-OAK-uh), the Goddess of pursuit in battle.
    • baile: (BYE-lay), a form of Spanish dance.
    • Oviedo: (OH-vee-YAY-doe), a Plain in Spain, (perhaps with some Rain ™)
    • palmas: (PALM-us), from Palma, (PALM-uh), a style of Spanish music involving hand-clapping, as in Flamenco, for example.

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  2. This lead me to research Andalusia and I was glad to do so. I had started to learn of the Basque people which I found very interesting. I have relatives in Spain; however had never looked greatly into Spanish history. Since starting I am amazed to find so many autonomous regions. Your Sonnet’s allusions really sparked this curiosity, the metre embraces the dance and there is so much context in your work.

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    • After returning from a long and difficult trip, I found myself craving seclusion, perhaps much like yourself from time to time. I still feel it now. The hesitancy. Still I shall push through that and let you know that apart from some fatigue in mind, body, and spirit, I am well, as is Mrs Emeron. I found it lovely despite my hibernation to see a message from you here. Likewise, I hope all is well with you and your family.

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  3. This sonnet made me explore those cultural elements and words associated with them, which I had not known before. Very difficult to understand this one, give me some time.

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    • Without any context it will be difficult to decipher this one, but if you truly parse all the words and phrases, even without knowing the alluded history, you should be able to divine and decipher quite a bit of its content.

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