VIVA LA SONNET
This sonnet form’s a kind of song and dance
Designed to celebrate the poet’s love,
Some Beatrice or Laura to romance,
What R & J’s passion was fashioned of.
But, centuries on, this vehicle has moved
Into new territories and explored
Fresh subjects, moods and attitudes and proved
Adaptable, which shouldn’t be deplored.
As long as it still sings and keeps its beat
Making a little argument that turns
Before it moves to its conclusion, neat
And tightly crafted, then it rightly earns
The status of a sonnet to be sung
Most joyfully, by many a lusty lung.