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Why I Post in Shakesperean Sonnets

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My case for "rhetorical verse" in the Buffyverse

Posted by: forensicpoetry - Mar 22, 2002, 4:42 PM

 

(BUFFY-VERSE SERIES) SONNETS #4-7 of 154
why "speak" in sonnets?

rhetorical verse in Shakespearean sonnet form
(a 4-sonnet sequence)

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{BVS_004_01.01} ALTHOUGH I'VE LET the misperception float

{BVS_004_01.02} that I'm attempting poetry -- That's wrong.

{BVS_004_01.03} You never write a poem to win a vote.

{BVS_004_01.04} True poets rarely write a hit pop song.

 
{BVS_004_01.05} A poem expresses with great subtlety

{BVS_004_01.06} a private view with metaphors unique.

{BVS_004_01.07} Few readers will agree on what they see.

{BVS_004_01.08} Great poetry's beyond a glib critique.

 
{BVS_004_01.09} No -- what I'm writing is pure RHETORIC,

{BVS_004_01.10} but like a work of art within constraints

{BVS_004_01.11} inscribed in sonnet's format I must pick

{BVS_004_01.12} the words that fit "my case," so as one paints . . .

 
{BVS_004_01.13} . . . one's argument, you're always in suspense

{BVS_004_01.14} of your conclusion, 'til you reach the fence.


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{BVS_005_02.01} BUT IF "THAT'S ALL IT IS," what is the point?

{BVS_005_02.02} THERE'S SEVERAL: so let's go one by one.

{BVS_005_02.03} THE FIRST: though formal verse seems out of joint

{BVS_005_02.04} with our computer age . . . is that it's fun.

 
{BVS_005_02.05} THE SECOND (more important) it's concise.

{BVS_005_02.06} Philosophy assumes we have the time

{BVS_005_02.07} for long, hard walks through reason to a vise

{BVS_005_02.08} of uncontested Q.E.D. -- but rhyme . . .

 
{BVS_005_02.09} . . . is no more arbitrary than the path

{BVS_005_02.10} philosophers trace though their knowledge sphere.

{BVS_005_02.11} Logicians think an argument's like math.

{BVS_005_02.12} But if most TV-watching jurors hear . . .

 
{BVS_005_02.13} . . . long-winding clarity, they will tune out.

{BVS_005_02.14} A sonnet guarantees a short, quick route.


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{BVS_006_03.01} AND NOW FOR REASON THREE TO WRITE IN VERSE --

{BVS_006_03.02} it says you've taken time and care to speak.

{BVS_006_03.03} To make it fit iambic, you rehearse

{BVS_006_03.04} the possibilities, and then you seek . . .

 
{BVS_006_03.05} . . . the best among your options to express.

{BVS_006_03.06} Which leads to REASON FOUR: and that's surprise.

{BVS_006_03.07} You may discover that you must confess

{BVS_006_03.08} the point you thought you'd make was in disguise.

 
{BVS_006_03.09} A "silly rhyme" can force you to new views --

{BVS_006_03.10} to thoughts you'd never have without "the rules".

{BVS_006_03.11} Ironic'ly the freedom that you lose

{BVS_006_03.12} is amplified, returned. So it's not fools . . .

 
{BVS_006_03.13} . . . who'd rest their case on sonnet-arguments.

{BVS_006_03.14} (So make slams of this "poetry" past tense.)


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{BVS_007_04.01} THIS IS A SONNET SEQUENCE. Sonnet 4

{BVS_007_04.02} shall be the peroration of my case.

{BVS_007_04.03} As should be clear by now, I could write more --

{BVS_007_04.04} but then somebody'd smack me in the face.

 
{BVS_007_04.05} I smile at that, but that is what this is.

{BVS_007_04.06} I slap the status quo upside the head..

{BVS_007_04.07} I ANSWER questions for which there's no quiz.

{BVS_007_04.08} I ASK WHY it is that we feel so wed . . . .

 
{BVS_007_04.09} . . . to tiny-type, prose paragraphs on screen.

{BVS_007_04.10} Like passing notes in high school typing class.

{BVS_007_04.11} Come on! Dress up our words like Halloween!

{BVS_007_04.12} Or must we stay the same as Latin mass?

 
{BVS_007_04.13} So last: "I mock you with my monkey pants."

{BVS_007_04.14} Don't stand there scowling -- get out here . . . |

. . . and dance!

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