Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Sonnet Assignment

This month’s catalyst poem on the Poets OnlineCurrent Prompt’ is John Updike’s “Dog’s Death.

The assignment is to write a poem on one of the themes in Updike’s poem, which include death, loss, dignity in facing death, the death of the young, the desire to be ‘good,' the inability of love to triumph over death. To complicate things, the poem is to be written in sonnet form with one, two or three quatrains but it must have the couplet at the end.

On seeing Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Sonnet” in today’s edition of The Writer’s Almanac I’m thinking, she hadthat prompt in mind when she wrote it!

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