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Project 52 ’11 7: Sonnet

February 16, 2011

This week’s Project is extremely late because I had forgotten quite how much work goes into getting things like metre and rhymes right in certain types of poetry. You don’t even have to look all that closely at this entry to realise that I haven’t been altogether successful but I suppose the point of Project 52 ‘11 is to get me back into the discipline of writing. I think if I had more time I would be able to rework the poem and get it working better, but the deadline for next week is already looming.

Basically it’s a sonnet about the quite quaint and lovely little place in which you find yourself, Artsy Does It. I really enjoy writing sonnets as there is so much to think about and so much to get right and to go wrong. They force you to sit down and think about what you are doing and to put some real effort into the actual writing of them (not to say that a lot of work doesn’t go into poetry with a more loose style such as Project 52 ’11 5).

Artsy Does It

After leaving uni’s cloistered, carefree,

Cosy life, we were thrust headfirst worldward

To battle record unemployment rates amongst

The Young. We struggled through recession.

Our opportunities to write were few

And far between. We needed something new,

A place with reviews, views and written elegance,

Ramblings, poems – all manner of intelligence.

And after many months of heartbreak and depression,

We found a fledgling place. Somewhere young

And newly formed. A place we knew we could

Express ourselves and write for all to see.

It’s a place where writing really cuts it:

Helen’s writing wonder, Artsy Does It.

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