Monday, March 15, 2010

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Recently I've been dealing more with poetry and lyrics then I've ever done in my life.
I've never really read very much poetry because a lot of it has always seemed so over the top. I tend to dislike overly romantic or meandering drama over leaves and scenery etc.... And it seems like what there is to say has already been said and so much of it is similar. (Very narrow view I know.)

Lately, however, I have been trying to study some poetry and delve into lyric writing etc. I enjoy the actual writing part and I can think of plenty of things to write about. (And maybe since I don't like meandering drama I should do something about it. ;-)
I've been writing a lot of rough lyric sort of verses in short bits of time. It helps me feel like I've accomplished something well I still work on my long story. :-)
Anyways, I thought I should learn some stuff about how it actually should be done.

I've picked up two books on poetry (how to understand it, what it's uses/powers are, how to write it, etc...). I've also been working through a book on song writing, but it is a bit of a drag. (The first chapter is about diving into the depths of your soul to find your polished pearl of inspiration...exactly the sort of thing that put me off poetry to start with.)

Anyways, I thought a good place to start would be studying the best, so I picked up a lovely copy of Shakespeare's Sonnets at "Exodus". I can't say it's my favorite thing, but I am happy that they are enjoyable. :-)

What are your views on poetry? Do you have favorite works?

"Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
To speak of that which gives thee all they might
Spend'st thou thy fury on some worthless song,
Darkening thy power to lend bas subjects light?
Return, forgetful Muse, and straight redeem
In gentle numbers time so idly spent;
Sing to the ear that doth thy lays esteem
And gives thy pen both skill and argument.
Rise, resty Muse, my love's sweet face survey,
If Time have any wrinkle graven there;
IF any, be a satire to decay,
And make Time's spoils despised every where.
Give my love fame faster then Time wastes life;
So thou prevent'st his scythe and crooked knife."

Miss Pickwickian

The Erratic Muse


Esmeralda Gatsby said...

For me, I'm a little put off by poetry too....I mean, whatever it is can be said just as well in prose (in my humble opinion :-P) and is not as confusing in that form :-P For some reason though, song lyrics seem different to me than Poetry (meaning, stuff like the Sonnets, the Aeneid, virgil's Eclouges, Tennyson, etc)....maybe it's becasue of the music, maybe becasue it's less complex-sounding than any case I agree, poetry sounds too 'romantic' and over-the-top. Though I've read many poems I like, in general I have trouble getting into the Poetry genre. Hahaha, anyway, that's what I think about poetry :-P

Miss Pickwickian said...

My thoughts exactly...

But it can be enjoyable when one tries, and I am trying. :-) We shall see.