Unholy Sonnets

Unholy Sonnets

Mark Jarman / Oct 21, 2019

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  • Title: Unholy Sonnets
  • Author: Mark Jarman
  • ISBN: 9781885266873
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
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      Published :2019-07-17T20:02:30+00:00

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    1. I loved this book. In these sonnets, Jarman tackles, head on, the questions that make having faith so difficult in this, or any, time. It's my understanding that Jarman grew up with a preacher for a father, so this book was very personal for him. Jarman leaves it up to the reader to decide whether or not he comes to resolutions of his "unholy" questions, which is ultimately how it must be. Excellent.

    2. Reading this book is like walking through the ruins of religion, filling in the broken parts with a sense of loss for something you never really knew. Jarman makes some very interesting effects with rhyme, and seems to make his sonnets almost change color as they wander through aspects of prayer, myth, and the living of life.

    3. I'm interested in the intersection with Donne, the contemporary ideas of not faith or worship but perhaps dedication. The opening poem is phenomenal the rest don't quite live up to it, for me. Perhaps if I was a person invested in questions of faith?

    4. Sample quote: "Soften the blow, imagined God, and give/Me one good reason for this punishment./Where does the pressure come from? Is it meant/To kill me in the end or help me live?"

    5. After reading "Questions for Ecclesiastes", "Unholy Sonnets", a continuation of a section of Jarman's previous work, was a bit of a come-down. Few of the poems seemed to illuminate any new angles on prayer and man's consternation with the ways of God. Very general juxtaposition of tragedy and divinity, and not in a refined way. There are a few exceptions, of course. Sonnet 36 and 48, "The World", are incredible, 48 in particular in its lengthier format and difficult questioning of how God seems [...]

    6. There are a few poems here that I think are just wonderful—too few. None are actually bad. Most just seem OK, but not memorable. I really like the theme of the book, a look at life and its travails and why god does not seem to be where he is supposed to be. Those poems that impressed me, indeed, are those that looked for the source of god within the needs of the human psyche and those that told us that no matter how much we long for god there is a tendency for god not to be there when we need [...]

    7. I have a few issues with this book, like little notable innovation with the sonnet form and flat subject matter. But I think my biggest criticism is that I don't feel any fresh approach to calling on God, or forming a prayer, however "unholy" these sonnets purport to be. I would like something that makes these poems feel that they are springing to God's hands, or at least want a renewing kind of attention.

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