[BOOKS] ✭ The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology By Edward Hirsch – Writerscompany.co.uk

An excellent collection, organized by century Extraordinary to see the ways in which the form developed over time, and also the unique approach of each poet within the same strict form Lovely.Here s a sample The Illiterate by George MeredithTouching your goodness, I am like a manWho turns a letter over in his handAnd you might think this was because the handWas unfamiliar, but, truth is, the manHas never had a letter from anyone And now he is both afraid of what it meansAnd ashamed because he has no other meansTo find out what it says than to ask someone.His Uncle could have left the farm to him, Or his parents died before he sent them word,Or the dark girl changed and want him for beloved.Afraid and letter proud, he keeps it with him.What would you call his feeling for the wordsThat keep him rich and orphaned and beloved 106 Death Be Not Proud John Donne106 Batter My Heart 143 Grasshopper and the Cricket Leigh Hunt155 Half My Life is Gone Longfellow155 The Sheaves 189 The Silken Tent Frost190 Never Again 213 View Phyllis McGinley232 The Illiterate William Meredith237 The Snow Weed Howard Moss238 Jacob s Ladder Donald Davie239 Death By Drowning Elizabeth Brewster242 Mrs Snow Donald Justice251 Llanto Philip Levine258 Conversation Among the Ruins Sylvia Plath264 Poetic K Fields267 Sonnet Robert Pinsky300 Sonnet Michelangelo305 Wreath Dry, perfunctory This volume calls out the requisite list of classics for their particular merits Another canonical compendium from Norton, and little substantive material included re the composition of sonnets themselves. For all purposes this is probably one of the largest collections of sonnets, many of them devoted to modern sonnets as opposed to ones from different languages or different eras I recommend the Art of The Sonnet A Norton Anthology in all the best and worst ways If you go by the number of pages devoted to the various incarnations of the sonnet in this anthology, you d come to the conclusion that the 20th century English language sonnet is the highpoint in the history of the form with some minor attention given to international sonneteers such as Neruda or Rilke The layout of the book was also problematic as you are given a detailed breakdown of sonnet mechanics at the very end of the volume, if the breakdown was at the start of the anthology I would have a better appreciation for the intent of the poems outside of my normal ae This Illuminating Anthology Follows The Sonnet Through Its Various Moments And Makers Over Five And A Half Centuries Edward Hirsch And Eavan Boland, Two Of Our Foremost Poets, Focus On Vicissitudes, Paying Particular Attention To How Individual Poets From Shakespeare To Strand Have Claimed These Fourteen Lines Lengthened Them, Shortened Them, Elaborated On Them, And, In Turn, Been Defined By Them Three Sections The Sonnet In The Mirror, The Sonnet Goes To Different Lengths, And The Sonnet Extraordinary Durability And Its Reinventions The Collection Opens With Personal Introductions By The Editors, And, In The Appendix, They Provide Ten Questions For A Sonnet Workshop To Jump Start A Conversation Between Students And Teachers With Than Three Hundred Poems, The Making Of A Sonnet Guides Readers Through A Vigorous Adventures In Craft And Practice, Right Up To Its Extraordinary Resurgence In Contemporary Poetry. 10 Questions for a Sonnet Workshop A strong anthology of the sonnet form, which gets particular credit for devoting its largest section to the 20th Century. Read this for Rattle s upcoming Sonnet issue Started reading a few other anthologies at the library, but this seemed to show the most stylistic diversity And it did, among the poems The sonnet s evolution is traced through the centuries, with broad chapters for each, and extra chapters for variable length and international sonnets, and sonnets about sonnets The range is impressive, and enough alone to justify owning a copy I found the prose commentary to be annoyingly simplistic and hyper cheerful Each chapter starts off with a two or three page introduction, but all of them seemed to repeat the mantra Wow, a sonnet can do anything You can write a sonnet about last night s dinner if you want to Sonnets are super flexible Boland and Hirsch seem not to realize that the same flexibility applies to every style of poem ever written And every short story and novel and pai Nearly exhaustive in terms of poets represented, this anthology is a remarkable follow up to Norton s The Making of a Poem My favorite aspect here is the organization for the most part the chapters progress chronologically, starting with the 16th century and continuing to the 20th However, it begins with a chapter called My favorite section was the one on how sonnets move away and toward 14 lines iambic pentameterThe selections here are beautifully chosen, including one of the most exquisite of Bishop s poems, Sonnet with its skinny shape suggesting a level or a compass needle, and also the wonderful, wounding Sonnet for Joe, by Sandra McPherson That poem is a touchstone for me Write to Contend. The only way this section and this book could have been i The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology

About the Author: Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry He was born in Chicago in 1950 his accent makes it impossible for him to hide his origins and educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D in Folklore His devotion to poetry is lifelong.He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fe

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