The visitation

Gee, M (2019) 'The visitation.' In: Kiss and part. Canterbury Press, Norwich. ISBN 9781786221926 (Forthcoming)

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Narrative poem commissioned in 2016 for a collection of short fictions about a village. A sequence of 14 rhymed sonnets (each, clearly, 14 lines long) telling a 21st century story, but set in Clifford Chambers, the village where 16th-century poet and sonneteer Michael Drayton was born, and which Shakespeare visited. The central character in this tale of love and loss is an academic obsessed with Elizabethan poetry, who thinks partly in a tapestry of quotes. Each verse contains a line from Drayton's most famous sonnet, To Kiss and Part, and the last verse recaps the whole.

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Maggie Gee - "My aim was to see if the sonnet form's glorious suitability to love poetry still obtains in a world of Tinder and abortions. The last stanza refers to the stained glass window in Clifford Chambers, a radiant Christ child among golden wheat, and the sequence memorialises one of the last English villages where you walk straight from the road into miles of golden fields, with Stratford on Avon just a walk away."

Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 14:58
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2019 10:52
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