[Bards] Sonnet 16
cathy.polakoff at comcast.net
Fri Feb 25 16:05:07 PST 2005
That is truly a beautiful piece! It does you both justice.
Anna bat Chaim
At 08:33 AM 2/25/2005 -0800, you wrote:
>This latest sonnet is one I'm fairly proud of. It's an acrostic praise
>sonnet written for Her
>Excellency Oriana, Baroness of Bonwicke. A fair bit of work went into
>this poem. I chose the
>early English sonnet form used by Sir Thomas Wyatt, which uses the
>Petrarchan rhyme scheme. I
>chose that because my persona is English (and I write in English) and
>Baroness Oriana's persona is
>Italian, so it was my way of paying tribute to her nationality. The
>acrostic, BARONESS ORIANA
>fits perfectly into the 14-line poem format, particularly in the division
>of the Petrarchan
>octet-sestet format. And praise poems were very period (many praise poems
>were written for
>Elizabeth). The piece was written as a thank you to Baroness Oriana for
>some artwork she did for
>Sonnet 16 "For Oriana"
>Be still you doves and look to Bonwicke's keep
>And there await the dawn of Morning's light.
>Rejoice with she, who by her dawning bright,
>Outshines us all with grace that makes men weep.
>No dreams from Morpheus in my slumber deep,
>E'er could deter the end she brings to night.
>So luminous with spark'ling eyes alight,
>She wakes me, with a single glance, from sleep.
>Offending sun that sets the course of days,
>Reverse thy course; stay thy temporal hand.
>Inter thyself once more beyond the sea.
>A lady fair, who shines with golden rays,
>Now walks among us here upon the land
>And all men look to her for light to see.
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