Sunday, May 18, 2008

this weekend

Annotated Sonnet

1. my attempts to glorify your name in verse have failed to enhance their subject matter.

2. the speaker elaborates a chiastic conceit.

3. weep while in possession of; weep with desire to possess.

4. the stars comment on and guide human life but in ways that are indiscernible to us.

5. flower syrups and conserves enclosed in a jar or a box.

6. it is implied that the speaker’s brow is wrinkled.

7. the notebook is blank in the speaker’s memory.

8. pluck, pull out, extract with a slightly comic tone.

9. only a comma between ‘selfe’ and ‘but’.

10. the poet turns his gaze from human artefacts to viewing land and sea as greedy competitors.

11. the line is rather obscure: probably.

12. the speaker sees himself as a small boat.

13. the acknowledged characteristic of the marigold.

14. from the heart, a source of authentic pleasure.

It seems my crystal ball was not so grubby ... ... resisting the temptation to say "told you so".