Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sonnet 56

The most fascinating thing about Sonnet 56 was, for me, simply how far Hoover carried the basic concept behind the work. One could use the transmutation of a Shakespearean sonnet as an exercise of sorts, but writing a total of fifty-six renditions of the same work while retaining the original gist was nothing short of amazing. And these were not simple translations into different beats - in what ways the format changed, the poem's words or context changed appropriately. My favorite types by far were the ones that transformed it into a completely different form. For instance, the Epic Poem (20-21) or Lounge Singer (32) gave the words and message overall a unique spin yet retained the core elements of the sonnet. Overall, the most important thing I learned from Sonnet 56 is the versatility of both words and meaning, and how a modern poet could give a single sonnet written centuries ago so many forms.


  1. I really liked lounge singer too. This book was inspiring to read and helps a lot with coming up with ideas for the final project.

  2. I think thats what really made this piece so impressive. Not just that he had this cool concept, but that he took it so far. I really liked Epic Poem as well.


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