Celebrating Poetry in April: 20. A Sonnet Upon Sonnets, by Robert Burns

Welcome to Day 20 of our daily sonnets celebrating National Poetry Month. Tonight, I am reading Robert Burns' "A Sonnet Upon Sonnets," which he wrote in the Shakespearean sonnet form. Enjoy! A Sonnet Upon Sonnets, by Robert Burns Fourteen, a sonneteer thy praises sings; What magic myst'ries in that number lie! Your hen hath fourteen … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 20. A Sonnet Upon Sonnets, by Robert Burns

Celebrating Poetry in April: 17. The Woods by Fanny Kemble

Good evening, all. It was absolutely wonderful to reconnect with my students this week. I am so glad that we are back in session as we venture to the end of the school year together. Tonight's sonnet is by the British poet and actress Fanny Kemble. It's a love sonnet (of course), and it celebrates … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 17. The Woods by Fanny Kemble

Celebrating Poetry in April: 14. Renouncement by Alice Meynell

Good afternoon, all! Today's sonnet is by Alice Meynell, a British poet who lived from 1847-1922. This poem, "Renouncement," is in traditional Petrarchan form and captures the bridge between love and religion for Alice, as she recuperated from illness and pondered life in the Catholic Church. Without further ado... Renouncement, by Alice Meynell. Renouncement I … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 14. Renouncement by Alice Meynell

Celebrating Poetry in April: 13. Shelley’s “To Wordsworth”

Hello! Today's sonnet is by Percy Bysshe Shelley, titled "To Wordsworth." Everything about this poem seems like it is a celebration of life of the late poet, but Shelley wrote his poem in 1816, and William Wordsworth lived for another 30 years following the death of Shelley in 1822. So why the faux posthumous ode? … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 13. Shelley’s “To Wordsworth”