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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Shakespearean Sonnet

(Sketch by thirteen-year-old Orson Welles, of the young
Will Shakespeare; Welles, 1915-1985, went on to become
famous for his work in film, television, and the theater)

Like all of us, poets like to have fun, — even with sonnets, as can be seen in the following poem.


With a first line taken from the tv listings

A man is haunted by his father’s ghost.
Boy meets girl while feuding families fight.
A Scottish king is murdered by his host.
Two couples get lost on a summer night.
A hunchback murders all who block his way.
A ruler’s rivals plot against his life.
A fat man and a prince make rebels pay.
A noble Moor has doubts about his wife.
An English king decides to conquer France.
A duke learns that his best friend is a she.
A forest sets the scene for this romance.
An old man and his daughters disagree.
A Roman leader makes a big mistake.
A sexy queen is bitten by a snake.

~ R. S. Gwynn, born 1948, American poet

(The answers to this riddle will appear in tomorrow’s post.)

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