Neil Hester

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Location: North Carolina, United States

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Alpha, Beta, Gamma...

A brief entry today that almost totally consists of a recent sonnet of mine. Before that, please note the addition of Anthony Zanetti's Very Nice, Very Nice on the sidebar. Check it out! Now, a couple Plath-related responses to my article: Bloom & Plath with Anthony and Ted (Hughes) Kicks Ass! with Jessica Schneider. Oh yeah. Now, the sonnet:


Omega is Lovely
              ~"I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."

Omega! The grand and glorious
End of beginnings and end of ends–
Behold! It stands victorious;
Grinning from Alpha to self, it bends
Little sis Omicron in dashing form
And carries Pi by infinite grace!
Omega whittles Iota to whit
And balances Delta to stunning lukewarm!
The soul of Psi is wholly lit
And buried is Theta, by lethal embrace
Of self (not Omega; Omega is lovely
And endlessly fair), and golden is Phi–
   And yet, I should honestly doubt as to whether
   Omega is endless or ends altogether.

By Neil Hester


Better brush up on your Greek alphabet, no? Just to point out a few of the harder ones: Omicron means "little O" in contrast to Omega "big O", Theta stood for death in biblical times (with Tau in opposition as a symbol for life), and Phi stands for the golden ratio (i.e. the golden rectangle). A large deal of the sonnet doesn't hold great meaning as single lines, but as a whole paints a general attitude towards Omega. Plus, it's fun. There are a couple possible clichés in the first couple lines, such as "grand and glorious" and "end of ends" (which I would argue is inverted by the subject matter), but I don't think it's that bad (and the rest of the poem is utterly clean).


Blogger Jessica Schneider said...

V. Good and playful- esp the last line. Is this your 1st sonnet?

10:58 AM  
Blogger LAEvanesce said...

I've written eleven so far, but this one is the best one (there are two others that are decent, but I don't think they're quite as quality). I sent "Of What's Left" to you to get critiqued, so this is the second sonnet of mine you've seen, but the first to be published on the blog. Anyhow, most of them are banal love poems I wrote 9-10 months ago, so hey~

4:44 PM  
Blogger Jessica Schneider said...

Oh yeah, now I remember that other sonnet I saw.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Jessica Schneider said...

By the way- Dan told me if you ever want to see any more of his sonnets for ideas (that aren't online) that you can just ask to email him for them.

PS you should try a villanelle and sestina.

8:01 AM  
Blogger LAEvanesce said...

I've tried a villanelle; turned out mediocre. The base couplet wasn't strong enough. Haven't tackled a sestina yet, but plan to soon.

4:33 PM  

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