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Blank Verse Shakespearean Sonnet

A chapter in the book 2017

Philadelphia

by mountainwriter49

Philadelphia
Blank Verse Shakespearean Sonnet
 
How is it that one’s born to be e’er loathed,
that he must wear the stained, ignominious
 star on his chest whilst those who are so wroth
contrive and in their shallowness educe
          their flagrant, stern superiority?
          Oh, how they scorned you when the scourge appeared,
          and cast you out with callous disregard.
          They marked you as a leper to be shunned.
Despite their gross mendacity, you rose
above the strife to seek fair play…respect.
You fought for justice under laws of man
despite the citric bitterness of life.
          Man’s spirit always rises to its best
          despite the angst in which his mind is mired.
 
24 April 2017

 


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POETIC FORM:
Blank verse in the Shakespearean sonnet form. No rhymes.

INSPIRATION:
I enjoy watching several favorite films once every year or so. These are films of substance, including English Patient, Now, Voyager, Winds of War, Casablanca, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, MacBeth, Reds, Dr. Zhivago, Philadelphia, Brideshead Revisited, Howards End, etc. Last week I watched Philadelphia and this blank verse sonnet soon evolved after the film ended. I hope you enjoy.

THANK YOU for reading my poetry.
Also a special thanks to Barbara Wilkey with her gentle reminders that it was time for me to post another sonnet. :-)
-Ray
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