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Sonnet for Advent 5: Sonnet 14

A bright particular star plays an important part in the Christmas story. It leads the Magi to Bethlehem where they find ‘the King of Jews’. Sonnet 14 seemed like a good choice for Advent. But here the poet turns away from astronomy and astrology and instead focusses on the beloved’s eyes (again it is not […]

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Sonnets for Advent 4: Sonnet 7

‘People look East’ is a good Advent cry (from Eleanor Farjeon’s carol), and here in Sonnet 7 we have ‘Lo, in the orient’, as the sun rises in the East. Sunlight shines throughout this sonnet, the ‘sacred majesty’ whose ‘golden pilgrimage’ our ‘under eyes’ can only blink at. And then at the turning-point, the volta, […]

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Sonnets for Advent 3: Sonnet 6

Image from www.pask.org.uk[/caption]Sonnet 6 forms a pair with Sonnet 5. The image of a child being like a precious distillation continues into the first quatrain, and then we hit – perhaps, but not entirely surprisingly – comparisons with usury: the future child becomes an investment model which yields interest! Since ten per cent was a […]

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Sonnets for Advent 1: Sonnet 3

Here begin our Sonnets for Advent: one a day for the next 24 days to help lead us up to Christmas. In Sonnet 3, the speaker addresses a male subject and urges him to reproduce, to ‘form another’. Not to do so would mean cheating, or unblessing, a woman who is longing to be the […]

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