Also, today’s sonnet has named itself…

…as I found out this morning.   I had forgotten to give its default title of “Sonnet” and so I noticed.  “Oh my there is a post called ‘1914.”  I don’t recall making that one!  I wonder what it is?!?!?!?”

So I decided that since it named itself, I’d honor its choice of name.  So…   “Sonnet: 1914” it is!!!

I think now, that I would like it very much if my sweetheart were to suggest names for some of these unnamed sonnets that I might add in.  And perhaps I’ll ask some of you to suggest some?  That might be fun!

I have long thought that something happened to art–not just poetry, but all art–somewhere between the late 1890s to 1920. Continue reading

Critique Groups: Constructive or Destructive? | Chris Martin Writes

I made a rather long reply to Chris Martin’s blog.  Here it is–hopefully and eventually, more throughly edited.  It seemed like a good time to inaugurate a subblog because at such time, I find I express myself rather better and rather more passionately even if in a more plain spoken way.

You do manage to garner a large share of comments. Apart from my #1 fan, I hardly get any!

My take on peer review in general: You don’t need peer review, you need expert review.

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Odes and Sonnets are…

…related in a way I just discovered.  Regarding these two, the first is a reflection of an ode to S.T.C. (of Ancient Mariner fame)  Which is written in iambic heptameter in ten couplets, or five quatrains, if you prefer (and incidentally, the way it was originally written.)  This ode will you find down below within the grey box. Continue reading

It really is quite…

…interesting how, in general, creating a rhyme scheme in advance is more effective and efficient than creating blank verse in advance and fitting the rhyme scheme later.  Until I had tried both methods I would not have guessed this.  Writing the blank verse first is more useful if you have a specific work you wish to adapt to sonnet form; however, writing something brand new is much easier the other way around.  It’s easier–much easier–working an idea into 14 evenly spaced lines that already rhyme, than it is to write fourteen lines of blank verse and modify it to conform to one rhyme scheme or another.

The entry for today…

…is the result of some very rough blank verse being converted to a sonnet.  I really didn’t go overboard here in my rhythmic adherence to the form.  I’m not sure what I think about the result.  This one hung around as a draft for a number of days.  I’d work on it absent-mindedly for a handful of minutes here and there and finally finished it a few days ago and placed it in the queue.

This method has yielded better results and easier results in the past, particularly when I was not certain the direction I wanted to go on a particular work.

I may do a bit–possibly quite a bit–of lucasing on this one because I am not completely satisfied with the result.  There is a level of satisfaction I consider to be a minimum requirement.  I needn’t think a particular sonnet shall move heaven and earth by its art in order that I might be satisfied in it; however I like to think I proficiently used all the various techniques that I intended.  If I do a complete rework of this piece, then I think I’ll leave this one alone and enter it as another sonnet–perhaps link them together.

We shall see.