I don’t think there’s any such thing as too much Shakespeare. The Bard never gets old and when his poetry is read aloud by the likes of Alan Rickman, well, it’s simply time to drop everything and be seduced.
Sonnet 130 has always been a favorite of mine because it is so unexpected in its use of metaphor. Renaissance poets used the sonnet form to wax poetic about the beauties of the lady of the moment, comparing her to roses and sun beams and wildflowers and jewels. Metaphors and similes, lovely though they were, described human beauty in classic motifs that were decidedly familiar and revered. Shakespeare himself is no slouch in this department — we need only recall his 18th Sonnet or the glorious metaphors in the Petrarchan-style love poetry of Romeo and Juliet.
But Sonnet 130 turns all of those classic comparisons of beauty upside down and celebrates the true Beauty of the ordinary, true Beauty which is often overlooked or ignored simply because it doesn’t measure up to the grandeur of what is deemed beautiful by the culture or by history. Sonnet 130 rejoices in quiet Beauty that is hidden and not ostentatious and it celebrates a love that is more than skin-deep. This makes it the perfect poetic selection for one tiny violet, which focuses on discovering extraordinary beauty in an ordinary life. Sit back, close your eyes, and enjoy.
For my regular readers, I owe you an apology: I have not had much time lately to write new content on one tiny violet because I have been working on a new project. I’d like to introduce you to Persephone Writes, my new blog on writing!
I had hoped to be able to combine more “writing about writing” on one tiny violet. But the more I thought about it, the topic just didn’t seem to fit the focus here. one tiny violet is about the beauty of ordinary life and has a purpose and a focus all its own. Persephone Writes is something else entirely: a place for me to get out all of the other stuff that bubbles and brews up in my head about writing and the craft of writing, and what it means to be a writer working in the Catholic tradition.
If you are interested in what is going on over at Persephone, please come by for a visit. If you know of any writers or artists who are looking for a sincere, Catholic, craft-minded online place to share and grow, please send them over. And in any case, I’d be grateful for your prayers as I begin this new endeavor. Now that both blogs are up and running, I hope to be better able to balance my time — and writing — between them. Blessings!