Friday, May 22, 2020

Shakespeare as Dickinson

Or is it Dickinson as Shakespeare? I thought of this effort and found it — still there! — on the hard drive. It’s William Shakespeare’s sonnet 73 in the manner of Emily Dickinson, something I wrote in 2003 for a poetry class I was teaching.

And now I’m somehow thinking of this sonnet in the manner of early Tom Waits: “It’s a cold November, winter coming on, the trees are all bare, the birds are all gone,” or something like that.

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Frex said...

Oh, I really like that! The breaks make it easier to read.
Frex = Fresca

Michael Leddy said...

It’s that good old common meter, though ED is pretty free in her handling of it, something I kept in mind while writing.