Thursday, 6 May 2010
Mrs Whatsit: 'A sonnet is a very strict form of poetry is it not? There are fourteen lines, I believe, all in iambic pentameter. That's a very strict rhythm or meter, yes? And each line has to end with a rigid rhyme pattern. And if the poet does not do it exactly this way, it is not a sonnet, is it?'
Charles: 'You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?'
Mrs Whatsit: 'You are given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.'
Shakespeare's sonnets are incredibly amazing, not only because he manages to write them in that form at all, but also because he manages to do it so brilliantly.
'The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good — in spite of all the people who say he is very good.' - Robert Graves