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LII- A Sonnet

Aria Ligi is an independent scholar who has been writing for over forty years. She has a great love of history, and, the English Romantics. She has a Bachler’s Degree in Writing from San Francisco State University and graduated top of her class. Temple of Love and Blood, Bone and Stone are two of her earlier works.

She has been published most recently in October Hill, Z Publication’s New York’s Best Emerging Poets anthology, Light Journal: Issues Three, and four, the Australian Times, and University of South Dakota’s Vermillion Literary Project annual chapbook. She has appeared frequently on Progressive News Network’s Blog Talk Radio, reading her work and promoting good poetry. Currently, she is the Editor in Chief for New Poetry, an online international digest.

Aria Ligi
Aria Ligi

LII
I can walk with Socrates; his white curls, his peaked
Domed head that reaches back and leapt forthwith.

I can stroll with Demosthenes, antient worldly man
In monastic bliss, modernity is, & I am no more bereft.

I am in this beauteous reign. My prow is a discus 
In the clouds, swimming in streamlets, awash & bathing

In psalms o’ old and where evil odes, symbols rife with
Nefarious attributions are antithetical to these sparkling
Suffusions, 
uninterrupted by chafe wise intrusions.

I can ramble with Cicero, his robe a draped caring cape.
A caparison o’er a regale steed, his sage wise head lists in
And I am fed. Not in the mead o’ the meanest man,

But in subtle intricacies & the taste o’ wine, a warm wooing
Pungent port, clusters o’ grapes, o’er a Bacchanal court.           

Faery
Faery

LII is a sonnet from my unpublished book Plíris Agápē which was written for Petrarch. Petrarch loved the ancient writers such as Cicero and Socrates, therefore this sonnet is him imagining having a conversation with them and what he would say.

6 thoughts on “LII- A Sonnet”

  1. This Keatsian sonnet expresses a wood nymphs beauty, it’s beguiling charm informed by the lore of Attic shapeshifting. Aria Ligi is the heart & soul of the New Romantic style: she guides us through the woods, beating the bounds to Ariadne’s web bejewelled by starlight, listening to the tremours of Mnemsyne, she weaves a spell that redolent of the ‘White Goddess’ or Frazer’s ‘Golden Bough’.

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  2. In her eloquent lyric, LII, Aria Ligi stages a dialogue between Petrarch and the sages who influenced his craft. From Socrates to Cicero, Petrarch’s mentors are imagined in a timeless space, Ligi’s rich language conveying how the author of the immortal profile of Laura progressed from lyrical elegance to artistry worthy of the mythic mentorship of Bacchus, invoked in Ligi’s final couplet as a passionate close.

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  3. In her eloquent sonnet, LII, Aria Ligi stages a dialogue between Petrarch and the sages who influenced his craft. From Socrates to Cicero, Petrarch’s mentors are imagined in a timeless space, Ligi’s rich language conveying how the author of the immortal profile of Laura progressed from lyrical elegance to artistry worthy of the mythic mentorship of Bacchus, invoked in Ligi’s final couplet as a passionate close.

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    1. It’s so refreshing and empowering to read such an innovative sonnet. I really like the references to certain literary & philosophical giants whose works echo throughout the ages. Their ideas are expressed in a most imaginative way..great stuff!

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  4. Aria Ligi always leaves me stunned with the images she creates with her writing It is like going back in time and seeing all the elegance of various eras. Her writing has a magic to it that is not seen often. Her voice comes from a different time when poetry was at its greatest.

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