Forms of Love 8: Enduring Love

This ‘Forms of Love’ sonnet is dedicated to the Ancient Greek ‘pragma’: enduring love. If Love is enduring, it remains strong over time. It is therefore in competition with time. This thought led to the idea of writing a sonnet in which Time (personified) attacks Love. The fist quatrain depicts Time as both “vandal” defacing… Continue reading Forms of Love 8: Enduring Love

Forms of Love 7: Mania – the flip side

‘Survival’, like many of my sonnets, arranges clauses in atypical orders. Poetic licence presents the opportunity to arrange clauses in ways that would seem incorrect in prose. For example, in the first quatrain, the speaker will “suffocate” with the “awful weight” of the “absence” of their desire’s love. But instead of using following the prosaic… Continue reading Forms of Love 7: Mania – the flip side

Forms of Love 6: Mania

The Greek word that inspired this sonnet is mania… obsessive love. The metaphors for the love interest in each quatrain develop through the sonnet. At first, the object of affection/adoration/obsession is a “flare” shot into the sky by a person in distress. In the second quatrain, the love interest is golden treasure “buried deep” underground.… Continue reading Forms of Love 6: Mania

Forms of Love 5: Balance Beam

This ‘Forms of Love’ sonnet is dedicated to the Ancient Greek ‘philautía’, which is love of the self. Alternatively, ‘philautía’ could be described as regard for your own advantage or happiness. This quality is critical; it provides us with the ability to enjoy existence.  Philautia is a life-saving medicine: too little and you perish because… Continue reading Forms of Love 5: Balance Beam