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The purpose of a sonnet is to find
(in fourteen lines precisely, per the form)
a way to frame a concept in the mind
from viewing angles other than the norm.

The first two quatrains introduce the theme,
a problem which the final couplet solves,
and - as is demonstrated in this scheme -
the third quatrain is where the theme evolves.

Concision, then, it must be understood,
is for this purpose antithetical.
A sonnet may be ugly, bad, or good,
but brief? The notion is heretical.

Now resolution in two lines I'll bring:
a succinct sonnet? No such goddamn thing.


reQuest 2019

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