Poetry 15, 2014

Cento for Angela

Shall I compare her to a summer’s day? [1]
The grass below; above, the vaulted sky [2]
Unclasps her warmed jewels one by one: [3]
Darkness there, and nothing more. [4]
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place [5]
To follow knowledge like a sinking star [6]
Sailing on a river of crystal light [7]
We felt the minutes crawl [8]
Still falls the Rain—Dark as the world of man, black as our loss— [9]
What’s done is done, and she is dead beside. [10]

1. William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 18”
2. John Clare, “I Am”
3. John Keats, “The Eve of St. Agnes”
4. Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”
5. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Crossing the Bar”
6. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”
7. Eugene Field, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod”
8. Oscar Wilde, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”
9. Dame Edith Sitwell, “Still Falls the Rain”
10. Robert Browning, “The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed’s Church”

Prompt: Experiment with a poetic form. Break all the rules! NaPoWriMo

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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