There was surprising pomp and magnificence; there were fetes, carousals, continual opera bouffe; and all Italy composed sonnets in my praise, though not one of them was passable.
I make them lie with me sometimes, for I am very tired of the ladies of the town, of their coquetries, of their jealousies, of their quarrels, of their humours, of their pettinesses, of their prides, of their follies, and of the sonnets which one must make, or have made, for them.
The aged faithful attendant, victim of a hundred acts of rape by negro pirates, remembers that she is the daughter of a pope, and that in honor of her approaching marriage with a Prince of Massa-Carrara all Italy wrote sonnets of which not one was passable.
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I like the sonnet that begins, "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?"
Our next workshop, no one understood what my sublimated love sonnet was all about, but Rudy’s brought down the house.
Julia Alvarez -- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents