Books Are An Immeasurable Pleasure | A Sonnet

As you might have seen, I am currently in my first year of Creative Writing A Level, which I love. It challenges me and pushes me to try out new things, and one of these things back last year was a sonnet. Being the Shakespeare and Sir Philip Sidney nerd I am, I love sonnets. It wasn’t until I attempted to write one myself, however, that I gained an even greater appreciation for those who have written hundreds of them.

Here it is: a sonnet all about books!

Books are an immeasurable pleasure

Books are an immeasurable pleasure

Designed to captivate and cultivate

There’s nothing better to do for leisure

With the intent to ameliorate.

From Shakespeare to Plath and Austen between

A wealth of knowledge stored in pages

Magically allows the reader to glean

Information passed down through the ages.

Yet ponder on Hemingway the sexist

And the millions cut from the canon.

As books are more than a complex lexis,

What was Scott thinking with the Buchanans?

There is the allure of Netflix as well

If you don’t read books, you won’t go to hell.

Have you ever had to write a sonnet? If you had to, what would you choose to write about?

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    Harriet Springbett
    14 April, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Only a book blogger could have written that! I love the unexpected last line.

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    Natalie @ Flowers in my Books
    14 April, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I loved this! I’m doing Creative Writing at Uni and we haven’t done any Sonnets yet but my lecturer loves Shakespeare so I can see it coming soon – and I’m so bloody nervous. Seeing this helped me to feel a little better, it is possible after all!!!!

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    2 May, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Hi Lucy! I have just found your blog 🙂 It’s beautiful – so bright and fresh! And your photos are great. I look forward to catching up on your posts! Gem x

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    5 May, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I love reading sonnets, and yours was really beautiful! I’d much prefer to analyse this than some of the poems I have to study, honestly. What’s Creative Writing A-Level like? It isn’t offered at my sixth form, but I’m looking at doing it at university.

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    6 July, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Lovely poem! I’m doing creative writing at university (just finished my first year) and this is a fantastic piece!

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    8 September, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Hello Lucy!
    I have tried writing sonnets, but am not successful yet, I endeavour to write a sonnet someday Lucy, you are such a kindred spirit. I adore all your book recommendations, writings, bookish chats. I am also going to read your debut novel with rapture.
    Your writing is just amazing!
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