Friday, April 26, 2013

NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-Six: Hot Summer Day and Art Like a Soji

Hot Summer Day

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art 

         too hot 


Art Like a Soji

a summer's day art? more lovely and more temperate.
summer's Sometime too hot And often is gold And fair, fair
nature's eternal summer shall brag So long as men can breathe

written 4/26/13 for 

Original poem

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)

  by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
     So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
     So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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Today I have two small submissions. The NaPoWriMo prompt was to write and erasure poem. There have been many Shakespeare posts up lately since his birthday was this month, and I decided to try an erasure poem on Sonnet 18. To be honest, I had to put my netbook down for a minute because my first attempt tickled me so much.

The second one was inspired by the Form For All: From Out of Asia by Samuel Peralta on dVerse. Sam writes about the Korean form Soji. It is beautiful and interesting and I tried to create one by erasing Sonnet 8 and what I got was not a Soji. But I like what happened, so I thought I would let you read it too. I have put the Soji form in my notebook and will tackle it again soon.

Thanks for reading. Check out, where you can find this copy of Sonnet 18, and other wonderful poetry.


  1. This is very clever, and especially interesting for someone such as I, who has a love of all poetry and language(s) but very little education, and so experiences great difficulty when trying to analyse it. Thanks. I'm learning something here.
    Have a great week!

    1. I am so happy that you liked it. I am learning as well. Hope you're having a great week too, and I love your blog.

    2. Thanks for your warm, humble, and generous reply.
      My blog's a bit neglected at the moment - too many big projects all going off at once for me to be able to do anything with it other than play with the layout. But I'm hoping to give it a little attention soon.
      btw, Big Projects = lots of work and commitment required, for negligible or no return

  2. Cannot disagree abt summer...:)

  3. ha, so long as we can breathe....thats the truth...last summer was really hard with the power out...have not experienced extended heat like that in a long time....but i like summer and look forward to its how you pair it with art...pretty cool ont he erasure poetry too...

    1. Thanks Brian. Today is the two year anniversary of the big tornado that killed so many people throughout the south, and by now, we were sweltering.

  4. haha...made me smile...yes..summer is too hot sometimes.. good when there is a cool lake to cool down a bit..smiles

    1. Thanks Claudia. I am looking forward for our local lake to warm up just a tad more and then I think I'll just camp out there this summer with my sweetie-pies.

  5. Ha! I'm still laughing from the first one.

    1. Thank you Ally! The first one kept me laughing too, which was good because the second one frustrated the shit out of me.


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