Performance poet and master of sonnets Andy Bennett discusses what sonnets are and why he loves them so much. He recites some of his own written for his annual writing challenge 28 Sonnets Later in which he and three other poets take turns writing a sonnet for each day of February. He also offers tips on writing sonnets and why the sonnet isn’t stuffy old-fashioned poetry but a diverse form which can unlock your creativity – just don’t be scared of iambic pentameter!
You can hear a sonnet Patrick wrote following this interview and hopefully you will be inspired to write one yourself. As always do share your work via email here or online using #poetrynonstop.
You can read all the sonnets for 28 Sonnets Later here and Ozymandias, the sonnet Andy opened with here.
Norwich performance poet and master of the sonnet Andy Bennett is the guest on the next podcast. He will be sharing some of his own sonnets, explaining the form and all its beautiful variations and telling us why we shouldn’t be afraid of sonnets but read them, love them and even try to write them. Here is one of his contributions to 28 Sonnets Later – an annual writing challenge he founded which runs each February. He and three other poets write a sonnet for each day of the month. You can read them all here.
Farewell! farewell! but this I tell
“Have you been stopping wedding guests again? Ah, Dave, ya knobber! Sorry mate, he’s pissed – he does this sometimes. Every now and then he gets all strange and- well, you got the gist. What was it this time? Grizzled Sailor, yeah? Some supernatural yarn of salty weirdness? Mate, don’t be fooled – ignore the crazy stare, and this is fake – he’s actually quite beardless. The smell, I’m sad to say, is all his own, the suit, as you can see’s had better days. The tie, the shoes, the cufflinks, they’re all mine. I think he misses Julie, truth be known: it’s weddings kinda make him act this way, but odd enough, at funerals he’s fine.”