Sonnets by Noelle Kocot: Reviewed by Jenna Clake

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In Sonnets, Noelle Kocot turns the sonnet on its head until it is just recognisable (the jumble of ‘Sonnets’ and Kocot’s name on the cover indicates this). She adheres loosely to her titular form: all the sonnets are roughly Shakespearean, consisting of three quatrains and a couplet, but none of them rhyme in a regular pattern or follow a strict metre. The traditional Italian sonnet was concerned with love, but love appears here in other guises, such as grief for a person who has been lost, and sometimes in feminist spells. Other sonnets explore mental health and existential questions. In the opening poem, ‘Mourning’, the speaker’s emotions are laid bare:
Original languageEnglish
JournalSabotage Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017


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