Monday, July 20, 2009

The Writer's Almanac Today

Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac today begins with Shakespeare's Sonnet 91 and goes on to tell us all about "the sonnet." Great reading and listening.

You can download it HERE - to listen

Billy Collin's Sonnet on "the Sonnet" is mentioned:

Sonnet - Billy Collins

All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now,
and after this one just a dozen
to launch a little ship on love's storm-tossed seas,
then only ten more left like rows of beans.
How easily it goes unless you get Elizabethan
and insist the iambic bongos must be played
and rhymes positioned at the ends of lines,
one for every station of the cross.
But hang on here wile we make the turn
into the final six where all will be resolved,
where longing and heartache will find an end,
where Laura will tell Petrarch to put down his pen,
take off those crazy medieval tights,
blow out the lights, and come at last to bed.

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