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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. I thank him for the truth behind appearance, I thank him for his light in every face, I thank him for you all, with every breath. Filed under literature , Poems. I was conscious as I wrote these poems of how these great Christian festivals, especially Easter and Christmas, draw up and carry with them some of our deepest family memories.
Garrison Keillor’s Memorial Day Sonnet
These will be on display, together with my poems, in the resurrection chapel in St. In this image the impression of a face is painted on a piece of cloth. The face is still and silent, the cloth, shredded and torn. The colour is all gone, the humanity a mere imprint. We have killed the one who loves us. Whenever I go to a funeral I always feel dull and empty afterwards and can never settle to anything.
The emotion of the service is draining and I merely get through the rest of the day. But just as the land lies fallow in winter, ploughed and patient, on Holy Saturday we wait too. Waiting for most of us is a kind of suffering, whether it is in our cars or in a queue at a shop, but waiting can either grind our nerves or it can become a fruitful gathering of our inner selves as we live in the present moment.
Relating the Formal Characteristics of the Sonnet: A Theory of Centred Form
When we let go of the furious impulse to always be doing something, we might be surprised at the richness of the silence and stillness we encounter within us because the Spirit of God is always singing a love song to the Father in our hearts, if only we could learn to wait and be still. Here, once more, is the complete sequence of sonnets for the Stations of the Cross, which form the core of my book Sounding the Seasons and are intended to be read on Good Friday.
For many of us, Good Friday is so laden with imagery and commentary it is overwhelming and instead of entering the story we can often feel numb. Jesus friends and family would have watched in a similar state, numb with shock.
They thought he was going to be a great leader, maybe even a great King, but it must have seemed a sickening travesty to watch the man who drew crowds of thousands, now trapped in the remorseless machinations of political intrigue and religious legalism. Look at his suffering as he shows us the full extent of his love. If you can hear this, His overcoming the cross is our reward, but you are His reward.
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I composed this as part of a friendly competition with some American poets to compose Petrarchan sonnets on the theme of Thanksgiving. But we share So much beyond the outer roads we travel; Our interweavings on a deeper level, The modes of life embodied souls can share, The unguessed blessings of our being here, The warp and weft that no one can unravel.
Kevin J M Keane (Translator of The King and the Frog)
Just to have made it through another year With everyone still breathing. Tagged as American Customs , Canada , canterbury press , Charles Williams , CS Lewis , feast of all saints , gratitude , Holly Ordway , petrarchan sonnets , Poetry , Sonnets , survival , thanksgiving , Thanksgiving Day in Canada , thanksgiving thanksgiving , warp and weft. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Twitter Facebook Email Print Reddit.
The image that follows the poem is by Margot Krebs Neale http: Image by Margot Krebs Neale. Holy Saturday by Linda Richardson. Good Friday by Linda Richardson. Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The sonnet is characterized formally by the separated categories of number of lines, stanzaic form, volta, isometry and rhyme scheme.
This inquiry sets out instead to uncover and weigh evidence for the claim that a sonnet unfolds from its centre to form a pattern in which its formal characteristics inhere. This idea is referred to as the theory of centred form. Theoretical evidence is provided by the construction of a working hypothesis model from first principles and the subsequent modelling of the formal characteristics of five classic sonnet traditions. From simplified rhyme schemes, centre arrays and two-array centre matrices of four and five elements are deduced and tested by developing them into array models.
The equivalent of isometry results from the development of a fixed array of elements.
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