Poetry Series X: Noticing Details in Lady Mary Roth

This week’s poetry series is going to be wildly different than anything I’ve done before, and i’m super excited for that. for starters, i’m not going to be talking about shakespeare, which i’m sure all of you are probably excited about. second, i’m just going to be posting a list of things I noticed about the following poem!! this poem is actually by Lady Mary Roth, and is number 19 in her sonnet sequence called Pamphilia to Amphilanthus which are wildly cool names, and also cool because it’s a female poet! here we go:

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Poetry Series IX: “Curious” in Sonnet 38

I took last week off because it was Christmas!!!!! and today is January 1st so i should be posting some new year goals, but stay tuned for that on Friday!! now we’re back to the poetry series, week 9!! I’ve really been enjoying posting the stuff I’ve worked on, and also it’s keeping my blog more active which I love, especially because everything i’m posting is very interesting to me and hopefully to you too!

i’m once again doing a close analysis of a single word in a poem, in this case, “curious” in Shakespeare sonnet 38.

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Poetry Series V: Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 1

So this is week five of my poetry series, and I’ve decided to give you all a break from the incessant Shakespeare by talking about the start of a different sonnet series, namely, Astrophil and Stella. This sonnet series was written by Sir Philip Sydney, and takes on a distinctly different tone than the Shakespearean Sonnets do. This first one is particularly interesting because it serves as an introduction to the entire series and what Sydney was attempting to do with his writing.

This analysis is much briefer than normal, because I focused more on its translation to prose than the deeper meaning of the sonnet.

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Poetry Series II: Shakespeare Sonnet 27

Welcome to Poetry Series day II! Hopefully y’all are interested in Shakespeare Sonnets, because I’ve read (quite literally) every single one for this class and will be sharing about 11 with you guys.

Today, we’re talking about sonnet 27, which is my personal favorite of all time, and I think you guys will really enjoy it.

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Poetry Series I: Shakespeare Sonnet 9

Hey guys! Welcome to day 1 of my poetry series! So for those of you that don’t know, I’m taking a class this semester on reading poetry. It’s been super cool because we get to analyze poems, which basically just means reading them and then doing a discussion style class where we sit around and talk about our feelings on them. Essentially, there’s not a ton of writing involved, but now that we’re halfway through the semester i’ve accumulated a decent base of short writings on poems that i’ve decided to share with you all. So, for the rest of the year, and then for however long it takes after that, I’ll be sharing one poem a week, along with whatever I wrote about it. some days, this might just be a short paragraph, and other days it’ll be a full essay. hopefully at least someone finds this interesting!

For today, I’ll be sharing some notes I wrote while reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 9

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Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One // Plus a Blogging Survey

By Amanda Lovelace

Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Community Rating: 3.94

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: April 23rd, 2016

Format Read: Paperback

Goodreads Summary: “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

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The Intimacy of Poetry

Writing poetry can be an intensely, deeply personal experience. For those of you that have been around the blog for a while, you probably know that there was a time where I had some of my poetry and writing posted here. Well, someone from irl found my blog and i took it all down because it freaked me out. I mean, I was on the verge of deleting this blog completely and then i realized how absolutely ridiculous that would have been and i changed my mind. But basically, that experience (and specifically the way it made me think about my poetry) has inspired me to write this post.

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My NaNoWriMo Plan // Suggestions for You

It’s November!!! The leaves are finally changing color, it’s getting COLD (which I didn’t think I would ever enjoy, but the warm October made me actually miss it), the holidays are almost upon us, and generally everything is amazing.  Plus– it means that it’s time for NaNoWriMo!!

For those of you that don’t know, NaNo is National Novel Writing Month.  Basically, it means that a whole bunch of people try to write an entire novel (50,000 words) over the course of a single month, with varying degrees of success and failure.  If you’re interested in joining or just want to learn more, click here (yes I casually directed you to my profile, add me as a friend while you’re at it) I tried to do NaNo last year and failed miserably, both because of a lack of time and because I hadn’t planned anything out in advance.  This year, I’m taking a very different approach to “novel” writing.

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Writing: A Shakespearean Sonnet

For Valentine’s Day this year, I wrote a sonnet to my mom, because I normally write her cute poetry since she’s my only possible Valentine (you are either going to judge me or completely relate so I’m not too worried).  This year, I decided to publish it, because I was really happy with the way it turned out!  I would love it if you guys could go check it out and let me know what you think, preferably by leaving a review on the site, but you could leave it here too if you want! Feedback (both positive and negative) would be appreciated!!

A Sonnet So True

While I’m here, I decided to write a brief introduction to what a sonnet is, and why I decided to write one.

A sonnet is a form of poetry that has a fairly strict format:

  • 14 lines
  • Rhyme Scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
    • In other words, there are three quatrains with every other line rhymes, and then a rhyming couplet at the end
  • Iambic Pentameter (note that I didn’t quite follow this in my poem)
    • 5 sets of stressed and unstressed syllables, I think per line.  This is supposed to tell you how to read it, but becomes incredibly difficult when you are trying to write it

These poems are normally used as an expression of love, and since they’re short people think they’re easy to write.  They’re not.

When I write poetry, I mostly write it in my head, and then once I have a few lines all figured out, I pull out my phone or a piece of paper and scribble it down, then go back to my head.  The reason for this is that it’s really freakin’ hard to write poetry that rhymes on your first try, unless you want to sound like a 2nd grader writing about the fat cat who sat on the mat.

It makes it even harder when you are writing for someone else.  I think this is crucial though, to write good poetry.  Even if you don’t plan on giving your sonnet to someone else, you should at least picture someone so that your poem has a good flow and you can feel the passion in the words.  Don’t love anyone but still want to write a sonnet? Use book characters, that normally works.  Or, make up a romance for yourself, but make it detailed.  You met at the drive in when you were 30 cents short for popcorn, and he paid for you, then proceeded to talk to you the whole time the movie was on and you hated him but fell in love… or something like that.  Even if these details don’t really come into play while writing, the undercurrent of emotion will be there.  The more complex, the better, because the poem will sound genuine.

That’s all I have for today!! I’m going to ask you one more time to read my poem because I’d love feedback!!

Have you ever written a sonnet– Share links below! If not, do you think you could write one?  What advice would you like to hear before starting to write poetry?  Do you have any advice to give? What do you think of my poem? So many questions, so much I want to know– comment below!


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Review: Crank

A five star review of Crank, by Ellen Hopkins

by Ellen Hopkins

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

I picked up this book at the Book Barn, a huge used-book outdoor store, and didn’t really bother to look inside before buying it.  I walked out with a stack of about 7 books, and this one was somewhere in the middle– the back looked pretty good, but it definitely wasn’t on the top of my TBR list.

Then, I started reading it.  At first, I was shocked because it was written in verse, something which I had never experienced in a book before, and it was weird.  Admittedly, I was really reluctant to try a book written like this.  But once I did, I absolutely LOVED it.  The book was so good right from the beginning, and once you figured out how to read the poetry like a story, it just kept getting better.  It was a new experience for me, and one I’m 100% glad I had.  Next time I go to the bookstore, you can guarantee that I’ll be looking for Glass, the second book in the series.  What I love is that even though it’s a series, it can be read as a solitary book and still make perfect sense, with a final conclusion that doesn’t leave you annoyed at the reader for making you buy another to find out what happens.

The essential plot of Crank is that there is a high school girl named Kristina, and she is, for lack of a better word, perfect.  She gets good grades, has a great friend, and is otherwise very happy with her life.  And then she visits her father– and his life is not so pretty.  While there, she is introduced to the “monster” (crystal meth/crank) and she becomes hooked.  While high on Crank, Kristina becomes Bree, and she is capable of anything.  This story is based on Ellen Hopkins’ own daughter, and because of that it rings remarkably true, through both the ups and the downs.

Hopkins doesn’t bother to sugar coat anything.  When life sucks, she makes she that she makes that very clear.  But, what I think makes this stand out from other books about drug addicts, is that when life is great for Kristina/Bree, she makes sure that those emotions come across equally strongly.  This book is a poignant example of both the horrors, and the wonders, of being addicted to hard drugs.  If you are anything like me, you will find yourself begging Kristina to do the right thing, and sobbing at her struggles.  This book was an emotional rollercoaster.  This was actually me while reading.

Although it may look really intimidating when you pick it up, as it is a thick book, the fact that it is written in verse makes it go really quickly, and so you don’t have to worry about too long of a commitment.  If you’re dedicated, it can take 1-2 afternoons to get through the whole thing.  Plus, you won’t want it to end, so it’s not really an issue!

When I got about halfway through, I realized that if you read the poetry down the line, instead of across, you get a different meaning, representing Kristina versus Bree.  I think this is also a really cool feature that Hopkins included, and so make sure you look for it.  It gave me a whole new perspective for the book when I started reading it both ways.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an emotional, exciting, teen semi-fiction novel.  It was so beautifully written, and I guarantee that you will not be short on emotions during your time reading it.

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