Speaking of Sonnets

These poems were written a while ago, but have never been shared with a public audience. I spent four years studying English Literature and grew to love the sonnets written by Shakespeare and Petrarch. During the Renaissance, it was very common for a nobleman to know how to write poetry, dancing and how to perform all the arts of war. When I taught English literature this was my favourite time period to teach about as the tradition, and history behind it is really fascinating. The poems below are some sonnets that were inspired by that era.

Dull Ache

A blackened bedroom at night

Touched your fading place

Not understanding Nero’s plight

Gone are you from human race?

Loving those lying gods wishing

Birth of new beginning now dark

Love the distance I am fishing

Listen to the violinist who’s stark

Melody lost in incoming pain

Yearning unsatisfied by late Heaven

Cannot curse Fate in his gain

Only make the bread leaven

Love soothes the dull ache

But death always doth take

Seeking Providence

Lamplighter shines the changing truth

As scales weigh rational and emotional

Find me clad in soft youth

As one hides in cries national

Love the angels rapidly falling

As they curse the maiden

Who searches and is calling

Only to discover fox’s den

Blow out the candle’s flame

Crushing the fingers of Michael

Whose sword burns the same

Slaying the arts of Raphael

As unicorn sought heaven’s quell

But found herself crying to a knell

(c) Amanda Wilson 2012

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2 thoughts on “Speaking of Sonnets

    1. They are more of a challenge to write. Out of the poetry that I wrote back then these were among the most challenging. Sonnets require such a specific rhythm and structure that you have to take your time with them. It was a good experience though as a writer because it’s a form that stretches you.

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