On bad poetry

A sonnet about bad poetry:
It's such a sitting duck to write bad
Poetry, that the mind is made sad
Contemplating it. Casuistry
Mixed with ingenious puppetry
Of words, passed off as verse, make a mad-
Dening brew; the perpetrator's glad
Smile the epitaph of artistry.

But there is redemption in restraint
For history's cruel treatment of
Poetasters bears silent witness
That their glories if any are faint;
And while in this day the world may scoff
At true art, it alone is ageless.

(a-b-b-a-a-b-b-a c-d-e-c-d-e)


John Walter said…
Far better than clever, this piece was not only ingenious in its rhyme scheme but inspired in its reasoning, especially from the poet speaker's mock pose as a bad poet. I love the 'poetaster' usage, as well as 'casuistry.' I just got schooled in sonnet writing, and I've always considered myself a genuine sonneteer. Bravo, Raamesh.
Thank you, John! I do hope you'll leave critical comments on the other 'sonnets'.

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