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Sonnet of Pop!

We are, by Kim’s encouragment, charged with transforming 
a pop lyric into a Sonnet of Elizabethan language (Pop Sonnets!)  
Join us at dVerse for some mirth!

Canst thou guess my chosen magdrigal?


Rememberest I when my mind didst part its function
Pleasing was’t to dwell in that bright land
As from Mount Cithaeron hast emanated of thy heart’s dwelling place
Were framed in so much vastness

As when thou art upon thy fields
Where dost no care reside
Where I was’t parted from mine own knowledge
Not because I did’st know too little
Mine own mind was replete with much

Am I thus without sensible function?

Am I thus without mine own mind’s grasp?
Am I thus without sensible function?
Am I thus without mine own mind’s grasp?
‘Tis like unto the truth

I wisheth for thou the spirit of this life to fill thee
Whilst advisable to use thy function of sensibility
and use it again

Dost thou knowest thyself?
Who dost thou believest thyself to be?
With mirth I bless thee
As thou believest thyself to holdest the helm of thy life

I believest thou to be without thy sensibilities
Without thy sensibilities
As mine own sensibilities are thus lost to me
As mine own sensibilities are thus lost to me

© Jilly’s 4/13/2017

In the US:

Over the pond, just check out Gnarles Barkley  “Crazy”

Let’s dance, Yall!  Jilly




A wild soul writing poetry.

41 thoughts on “Sonnet of Pop!

  1. I love that you have written in Olde English, Jilly, and I’m enjoying myself trying to work out what the pop song is. It might take a while…
    Something about losing your mind but I’m not sure how Mount Cithaeron comes into it.


  2. I so admire the Ole English verses ~ I’m lost though with the title of the song ~

    Thanks for taking up our pop sonnet challenge Jilly ~ Happy Easter ~


  3. I used to be an actor, but I never retained the ability to write in Olde English. I’m genuinely impressed so many of you can. I’m not familiar with the song guessed either. Regardless, your sonnet was fun, & mythology
    is in there somewhere.


  4. Love the language, love the refrain. So well written for the prompt. Again, batting 1000 here not catching any of the songs….but the phrase, “going out of my mind, over you” keeps running through my head from some song….????


    1. I love that song… You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you… but this sonnet is based on a song from 2006. I took Kim seriously when she said ‘modern.’ Although, the going out of your mind part is certainly in my song… try synonyms… 😉

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  5. I just listened to ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley that Kim suggested. It’s the first time I heard that song which makes me think I should listen to more music. So I will guess that one as well. Nice putting all those Shakespearean English sounding words in your sonnet.


  6. I don’t know how you’re able to do the old English language, and I’m equally impressed and envious! That aside, this was a really good sonnet. Unfortunately, I don’t know what song this is…but I still enjoyed reading this 🙂


  7. thank you for introducing me to an artist I have never heard before, old English is something I need to read more than once but you have arranged the words in such lovely order it was a pleasure to read them, especially the use of repetition at the end

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      1. OE is like Viking speak. I have a feeling that if I heard it (being brought up in Yorkshire) it would sound familiar, but seeing it written down with all those odd signs, it means very little.
        I know that song, but I’ve never listened to the words. That’s true about most pop songs—the words sound like gibberish.


      2. I wonder if that’s the reason. Some links work and others don’t but I’ve never noticed how far they’ve travelled. Beowolf in unfathomable. I can never remember what the non-Latin signs sound like.


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