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Rewriting Sonnet XLII

June 12, 2012
By spudbud GOLD, Newton, Kansas
spudbud GOLD, Newton, Kansas
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Favorite Quote:
"Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Have they not been made such a fool in their squalor?

For they desired a sign and sought for the wise

When the precursor of life was right in front of their eyes" - Wolves at the Gate

I will not repeat my past—
I wrote that long ago, my guardian angel then peering into sky;
Accepting my commitment with a confirming reply.
At last, I myself peered into Heaven’s gates,
Seeing not God, but you,
Accompanied by angels in your wake.
I, previously burdened by the sicknesses of this world,
Then quickly left them behind: no longer to take hold.
For with you in sight,
My pilgrim’s staff sprung forth with new life.
No longer do I desire to repeat my past:
Engrave for me my future; my epigraph.
Hopelessness consumed me, my love,
Until you came to me, from above.

The author's comments:
This is an English project from last semester where we were asked to make Sonnet XLII (By Elizabeth Barrett Browning) "modern". This is my interpretation.

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