ATTENTION IPAD USERS!
Apple doesn't like listing me as "Will Shakespeare (poetry blogger)"
to differentiate me from the other guy, although everybody else does.
They took my first book but now won't take new ones. (Go figure.)
Since Smashwords distributes my books to Apple anyway,
just go to my Smashwords author page and download EPUBs from there.
Smashwords provides samples of my books also.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sonnetwocky

Which is more demented -- the mind that creates
a poem like Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky
or the one that creates a sonnet from it?
The rhyme scheme for the sonnet is unusual:
ababcdcd efggfe.

O manxome foe! O fearsome Jabberwock!
Long time did I seek you, as slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; you mocked
Me then, among the mimsy borogoves.
How brillig! Yea, how brillig were the days
I sought you, tireless, in the tulgey wood;
You boldly whiffled t'ward my resting place –
The Tumtum tree by which I uffish stood.

Your jaws bit air, your claws caught naught but sky;
My vorpal blade struck home. You screamed in pain!
The blade went snicker-snack, went snicker-snack,
And with your head I came galumphing back;
Thus by my hand you, Jabberwock, were slain.
O frabjous day! A beamish boy am I!

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