Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE SONNET, by CLIFFORD ALLEN



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THE SONNET, by            
First Line: Love for love's sake, like art for art's, belies
Last Line: Love wishes well, or it is no such thing.
Subject(s): Love; Sonnet (as Literary Form)


Love for love's sake, like art for art's, belies
its very nature. There are none who know
the abstract spirit save the ones who go
dreaming beyond our world and through our skies!
Love for the sake of all creation dies,
if die it must, in labored art to show
integrity with earthly forms, and lo!
an abstract truth is glimpsed by concrete eyes.
Since I love you, and wish you only well,
I am the artist laboring to say
love dies in this -- there is no other way.
And, by this token, not to threaten hell,
love lives in this, that living it may sing
love wishes well, or it is no such thing.





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