Love Letters 14: Caged

This final ‘love letter’ fuses the power of love with the power of religion: Christian and Ancient Greek. It alludes to the work of the master of sonnets (William Shakespeare): “mortal coil”, “milk of human kindness”. More significantly, it compares the experience of being “caged” to that of being in love. Overall, the poem functions… Continue reading Love Letters 14: Caged

Love Letters 13: Sore Thumb

Similes are great, but this sonnet is all metaphors. Ten of them. The addressee is continually transformed into loud and “garish” things, some objects, some people. They “stand out”, sometimes as an inappropriately dressed guest, sometimes as a ‘Sore Thumb’. Saying the addressee is ‘like’ other things or acts ‘as’ them is inadequate. This person… Continue reading Love Letters 13: Sore Thumb

Love Letters 12: Me not You

Writing is an indulgent pastime: I spend precious time sculpting my thoughts, unashamedly share them with others, then hope for approval. Because I write to express personal truths, my writing isn’t always easy to read. So, thank you to those who support me. This sonnet is both self-indulgent and self-critical: it looks back at a… Continue reading Love Letters 12: Me not You

Love Letters 11: My Butterfly

This sonnet is packed with rhetorical questions and juxtapositions; these techniques are the perfect tools for sharing the conflict and confusion of the narrative.  Each line in the first quatrain contains a juxtaposed pair: “bonds … chains”, “break … escape”, “loss … gains”, “vellum … crepe”. However, on close inspection, there is also ambiguity. Although… Continue reading Love Letters 11: My Butterfly

Love Letters 10: Burnt

This sonnet is written to an “Old friend” who “chose a [different] path” to the speaker. Each quatrain is sculpted around a different metaphor: the first is a damaged heart developing a crusty “shell”; the second a turncoat switching loyalty; the third two journeys heading in different directions. All three quatrains accusatory – with the… Continue reading Love Letters 10: Burnt

Love Letters 9: Our Chance

There’s a structure within the structure of this sonnet. The quatrains are all self-contained: the first two lines of each establishes a premise, then is separated from the remaining two lines with a semicolon; the third line begins with ‘So’ followed by a verb to respond to that premise; and each quatrain is closed with… Continue reading Love Letters 9: Our Chance

Love Letters 8: Misaligned

In this sonnet I have used caesura to represent the “misaligned” nature of myself and the addressee. Caesura is a pause or break in a line of poetry. The word comes from the from past participle stem of the Latin ‘caedere’ – ‘to cut’. ‘Misaligned’ is an extended metaphor of two bridges being built across an “estuary”.… Continue reading Love Letters 8: Misaligned

Love Letters 7: Stubborn Beast

The Shakespearian sonnet provides substantial structure: 14 lines comprised of three quatrains with a capping couplet, iambic pentameter, adabcdcdefefgg rhyme scheme, capping couplet regularly offering a riposte or summation that invites the reader to find a deeper meaning. This sonnet has an even tighter structure; the first two lines of each quatrain present an animal… Continue reading Love Letters 7: Stubborn Beast

Love Letters 6: Moving Monument

This Love Letter is an extended metaphor: it credits the addressee with having built the narrator into a giant statue, then helped them come to life. A Titan. The first quatrain describes the “mound” and “foundations” on which a statue is to be built. The second quatrain details the process of creating a statue capable… Continue reading Love Letters 6: Moving Monument

Love Letters 5: Disappearance

Like all activities in life, some sonnets are hard graft, some flow. Those two experiences are related. Sometimes early graft provides later ease; sometimes early ease engenders later graft. I spent a long time thinking about this sonnet. The process of writing it was fluid and fast. Rhyme appears in several forms. In addition to… Continue reading Love Letters 5: Disappearance