The young man’s hands were slender, quick and strong,
composing sonnets to his unknown muse,
creating worlds in drama and in song
to challenge the emotions and amuse.
The busy writer’s hands were stained with ink
and words. His skin was cracked and raw with rhyme.
The scratching of the pen spurred him to think
and melting wax of candles told the time.
The hands that once were softened by caress
sometimes were stiff and talon-like with age;
eager to hold and often poised to bless,
his falt’ring fingers fought to fill a page.
Those hands that conjured worlds with ink and quill
belonged to Shakespeare – also known as Will.
Kim M. Russell, 17th January 2019
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Enjambment in Sonnets
Jilly is our host for Meeting the Bar and offering support for the month-long Sonnet Challenge.
This week, she reminds us that punctuation reigns supreme in shaping the meaning of language and poetry, and explains enjambment: why poets use this technique and how we handle it as readers of poetry. She uses the example of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129 to demonstrate how he used enjambment to keep it fresh.
I chose to revise a sonnet I wrote and posted back in 2016 as ‘Shakespeare’s hands’.