A Last Goodnight


by Robert D Morrison

Lietelinna Press
ISBN 978-1-876758-02-8
56 Pages
Price: AUS$19.80 (GST inc)

Morrison says the classical sonnet has stayed the same in form and purpose for centuries and should not now be simply allowed to wither away or be changed just because current trends exclude from poetry metre and rhyme and any need for a specific structure. Rather he believes it should be accepted as a separate branch of literature of a highly disciplined kind that continues to give the writer (or 'sonneteer') a unique vehicle for brief, highly personal statements in the old way.
Morrison believes the shortness of the sonnet requires its writer to have a clearly personal and individual voice. Fake emotions and insincerity do not go un-noticed. When Shakespeare says ... When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes I all alone beweep my outcast state ... we feel that he means it, that it is no theatrical or dramatic gesture. Fiddling with the sonnet's ancient structure and calling the result 'a sonnet' simply produces something that, whatever else it might be, is not a sonnet as it has been known and used for hundreds of years.