The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology

  • Title: The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology
  • Author: Edward Hirsch Eavan Boland
  • ISBN: 9780393333534
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Making of a Sonnet A Norton Anthology This illuminating anthology follows the sonnet through its various moments and makers over five and a half centuries Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland two of our foremost poets focus on vicissitudes p
    This illuminating anthology follows the sonnet through its various moments and makers over five and a half centuries Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland, two of our foremost poets, focus on vicissitudes, paying particular attention to how individual poets from Shakespeare to Strand have claimed these fourteen lines lengthened them, shortened them, elaborated on them, and, inThis illuminating anthology follows the sonnet through its various moments and makers over five and a half centuries Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland, two of our foremost poets, focus on vicissitudes, paying particular attention to how individual poets from Shakespeare to Strand have claimed these fourteen lines lengthened them, shortened them, elaborated on them, and, in turn, been defined by them Three sections The Sonnet in the Mirror, The Sonnet Goes to Different Lengths, and The Sonnet extraordinary durability and its reinventions The collection opens with personal introductions by the editors, and, in the appendix, they provide Ten Questions for a Sonnet Workshop to jump start a conversation between students and teachers With than three hundred poems, The Making of a Sonnet guides readers through a vigorous adventures in craft and practice, right up to its extraordinary resurgence in contemporary poetry.

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    About Edward Hirsch Eavan Boland


    1. Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry He was born in Chicago in 1950 his accent makes it impossible for him to hide his origins and educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D in Folklore His devotion to poetry is lifelong.He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poetso imgEdward Hirsch s first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers 1981 , received the Del Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets His second collection, Wild Gratitude 1986 , won the National Book Critics Award.Since then, he has published six additional books of poems The Night Parade 1989 , Earthly Measures 1994 ,On Love 1998 , Lay Back the Darkness 2003 , Special Orders 2008 , and The Living Fire New and Selected Poems 2010 , which brings together thirty five years of poems.Hirsch is also the author of five prose books, including A Poet s Glossary 2014 , the result of decades of passionate study, Poet s Choice 2006 , which consists of his popular columns from the Washington Post Book World, and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry 1999 , a national bestseller He is the editor of Theodore Roethke s Selected Poems 2005 and co editor of The Making of a Sonnet A Norton Anthology 2008 He also edits the series The Writer s World Trinity University Press.Edward Hirsch taught for six years in the English Department at Wayne State University and seventeen years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston He is now president of theJohn Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.


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    1. The title is a bit deceptive as this is primarily an anthology, but from an anthology you really couldn't ask for more. It covers the evolution of the sonnet century by century, beginning with the 16th. It of course includes all the biggies (Shakespeare, Hopkins, Millay, etc.), but the 20th century especially is riddled with poets unknown or only barely known to me. Here's one:from Mystery TrainDavid Wojhan1. Homage: Light From the HallIt is Soul Brother Number One, James Brown,Chanting, "It wou [...]

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    2. An excellent collection, organized by century. Extraordinary to see the ways in which the form developed over time, and also the unique approach of each poet within the same strict form. Lovely.Here's a sample:The Illiterate - by George MeredithTouching your goodness, I am like a manWho turns a letter over in his handAnd you might think this was because the handWas unfamiliar, but, truth is, the manHas never had a letter from anyone;And now he is both afraid of what it meansAnd ashamed because h [...]

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    3. A Norton Anthology in all the best and worst ways. If you go by the number of pages devoted to the various incarnations of the sonnet in this anthology, you'd come to the conclusion that the 20th century English language sonnet is the highpoint in the history of the form with some minor attention given to international sonneteers such as Neruda or Rilke. The layout of the book was also problematic as you are given a detailed breakdown of sonnet mechanics at the very end of the volume, if the bre [...]

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    4. Read this for Rattle's upcoming Sonnet issue. Started reading a few other anthologies at the library, but this seemed to show the most stylistic diversity. And it did, among the poems. The sonnet's evolution is traced through the centuries, with broad chapters for each, and extra chapters for variable-length and international sonnets, and sonnets about sonnets. The range is impressive, and enough alone to justify owning a copy. I found the prose commentary to be annoyingly simplistic and hyper-c [...]

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    5. Nearly exhaustive in terms of poets represented, this anthology is a remarkable follow up to Norton's The Making of a Poem. My favorite aspect here is the organization: for the most part the chapters progress chronologically, starting with the 16th century and continuing to the 20th. However, it begins with a chapter called "The Sonnet in the Mirror," a chapter dedicated to sonnets about sonnets and sonnet-making. I really enjoyed reading how poets through the ages have grappled with the form. T [...]

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    6. My favorite section was the one on how sonnets move away and toward 14 lines/iambic pentameterThe selections here are beautifully chosen, including one of the most exquisite of Bishop's poems, "Sonnet" with its skinny shape suggesting a level or a compass needle, and also the wonderful, wounding "Sonnet for Joe," by Sandra McPherson. That poem is a touchstone for me--Write to Contend. The only way this section and this book could have been improved is by including Sherman Alexie's "Tattoo Tears, [...]

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    7. I am rereading this as I participate in Month of Poetry. I am finding it more interesting as an accompaniment to practice than I did when I just read it. As other reviewers have said, much of the commentary is fairly bland.Because of the title I rather expected there might be some examples of drafting processes of sonnets. I was disappointed.My favourite chapter is "The Sonnet Goes to Different Lengths', looking at the way practitioners have deconstructed and reconstructed the form.

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    8. I read most of the sonnets here, which was my purpose after reading the century updates. Unfortunately, it's too heavy with weaker 20th century sonnets. And the authors' occasional attempts to shoehorn something into the sonnet form (a faux sonnet?) started to grate.Still, the brief introductions to each century gave me food for thought, and helped to give me an overall picture of the growth of the sonnet form over the centuries.Onward!

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    9. Considering how many great poems this volume includes, it probably deserves a higher rating. I personally would have liked more in-depth material on the structure, evolution and history of the sonnet, though. Also, it left out most of my favorite examples, but that is obviously very subjective. So three stars it is.I didn't read every single poem, so I think I will come back to this in the future, as there is still a lot to mine.

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    10. This book traces the history of the sonnet through examples spanning over five centuries. The book focuses on breadth of authors represented, heavily weighted in the twentieth century. While the "traditional" sonnets of the modern era may seem ineffective compared to the superb works of Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, etc. in this volume, the later sections on the new types of sonnets gives some hope that the form will keep going.

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    11. I am not often a big poetry fan, but I have read almost all this anthology and enjoyed it immensely. I found there something in the sonnet that communicates and I also found the variety of subjects and authors kept me interested.

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    12. Both an excellent collection and history of the sonnet as a form, it covers the forms history and also looks at variations and translations.

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    13. This book is a bound ode to the sonnet form - for both familiar and fresh readers of sonnets.

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    14. The choices of poetry and explanations helped me learn more about the fundamentals of poetry. I highly recommend anyone who loves poetry read this.

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