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Re: The entire poem, then, is a 'volta'
Yes, by George, I think you have something there, old friend, and I am awfully glad to here it. This kind of sonnet is supposed to have a "volta," a turn in it.  If you hear it, then I guess I managed to something right.  But beyond the theoretical stuff, it is nice that you heard the real important message.  Thank you.

posted by Gerontian on April 30, 2011 at 1:04 PM | link to this | reply

The entire poem, then, is a 'volta'

if I understand the poetic term, turning on the reversal of loss to gain, mourning to celebration, sadness to joy, body's sense of reality to spirit's.

 

posted by Ciel on April 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM | link to this | reply

Re: I like this poem, but...
Thank you for your comment, UtahJay.  My thought in this poem was that as Christ, Himself experienced grief, that it is indeed an important and blessed emotion, in its own right.  I don't have the Gospel of John with me right now, but I recall that in that same passage when Lazarus died, He reassured Mary and Martha that He was the resurrection and the life, and that He indeed conquered death.  My thoughts and feelings at the time I wrote this poem were more about grief, and that is is okay to grieve and morn, and then,of course, to be born anew.  Anyway, it was a terribly difficult poem to write.  It was so long ago I cannot recall why I chose the sonnet form.  I just wanted to share it here after reading a number of blogs of a spiritual nature.

posted by Gerontian on April 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM | link to this | reply

I like this poem, but feel that instead of start to die I we start to live...death was conquered by Christ.

posted by UtahJay on April 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM | link to this | reply

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