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Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Sonnet Perhaps?

Sonnet #30

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste;
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long-since-cancelled woe,
And moan th' expense of many a vanished sight;
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

~William Shakespeare

Once upon I time I committed that one to memory...I loved saying "bemoanèd." I remembered just enough to find it today. That's all.

I've only written one sonnet in my life. A bad one. Too awful to share here. Too awful to even consider entering a sonnet writing contest.

Perhaps you write poetry; perhaps you'd be interested in entering the "Bed of Roses" Sonnet Contest at A Prairie Home Companion. If you do, I hope you win!


  1. Ah, Shakespeare! a great love of my heart, beautiful sonnet! Oh I so do wish you would share yours! There is no bad poetry, it is all personal and meaningful to its author. Hmmmm, maybe I will try my hand at this one.

  2. Hi Vee!
    I'm lucky to get my name out! :) Nope, can't write.. infact the only thing I've ever had published was written by my parents!
    I do love to read poetry though. There is something very peaceful about it. I think my favorite poet is Rumi, although he was more of a philosopher.

  3. Lovely sonnet...but fourteen lines of verse is more than I could come up with!

    I'm interested in the lovely bedroom photo...is there a story behind that (perhaps a poem)?

  4. Oh my...my experience with Shakespeare consists of some of the plays we were required to read in High School! So many years ago, but I do remember struggling with it all! I just couldn't wrap my poor little brain around it! LOL!
    I was a poetry writer back in the day...haven't done that in years either! What happened to all my creativity Vee??? The kids came and the creativity was sucked out of me! LOL!

  5. Vee, as I was reading the sonnet, I thought, oh this must be Shakespere. I was pleased that I was right. The sonnet is lovely and the picture wonderful.
    I don't writie poetry on purpose.
    Some of the writing that I have done in the past on my blog, someone told me they it was poetry. This surprised me.

  6. Dear Vee, I just love the last two lines of the sonnet....this is not one of my talents and will not even think of it but I do know Miss Sandy should give it a go ~ she has a way with words!!! Thank you for your kind comments on my little bear ~ she looks as though she's had a perm...but I was going for the "old and loved" look, right? Have a wonderful day, xxoo, Dawn

  7. Jingle bells...jingle bells... .. oh... silly me ...that is a song not a sonnet. But.... that's pretty much the situation up here north of the border. Mother Nature is making us look bad, just when it was beginning to warm up. Actually it is only 0C right now..supposed to go to +20C by Sunday...but I have 9 inches of new snow...wheeeeee ...........

    soon as I make a lovely hot coffee..I will check out poetry writing..... perhaps an Ode to Snow....

  8. Beautiful sonnet, Vee! No, I can't write ... my grandmother did though. She wrote some lovely poems but they were never published.

    Thanks for mentioning my tags AND for your lovely feedback! I love your puttery ideas ... sometimes all it takes is a little change to make things look (and feel!) better.


  9. That is a beautiful sonnet but no I cannot write.
    My blog is as good as it gets for me. :-)

  10. Love the sonnet..I don't write poetry but I do enjoy and appreciate it..Caroline Kennedy has a wonderful book of poetry for children. While introducing poetry to my grandchildren, it has brought new interest for me....good post :) Dee Dee

  11. I love "bemoaned" too...love the sound!


  12. The Bard was a master with words....

    I did have a poem published while I was in high school ..it was very dark and somber... don't know what I was thinking at the time...I was a teenager... enough said..

  13. Before I had my tea blog, I had one where I posted some of my poetry. I always had to laugh when people told me how good it was because I knew it to be really pretty bad. But isn't it nice to have kind friends!

  14. :D Two out of fourteen who might consider this...not so bad. I'm cheering Miss Sandy and BumbleVee on. Let us know how the sonnet writing is going, okay?

    We have quite a few who actually have written poetry. I tip my cap to you all. Poetry is not a talent that I possess. In fact, that was the one line that I wrote that I liked and rang true..."Poetry in me does not exist, grant that gift to the daring alchemist." or something whacky like that. LOL!

  15. I do enjoy Shakespeare :), it reminds me of high school...which seems like a long, long time ago, I'll stop there :).

    Oh Garrison, who knows what he will do with all of those entries, it was interesting to read a few of the sonnets at his website :).

  16. I love Prairie Home Companion. Garrison Keillor cracks us up. Hailing from the Midwest I can relate to all his stories of Minnesota. Although we are from Iowa/Mo. But it's close enough. HA!
    The cultures are similar in many ways.
    We try to catch it every weekend but sometimes we are busy and or forget.


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