Montagu: “Champagne and a chicken”

We’ve talked about what makes a poem qualify as a sonnet, but how can the form be stretched? The poems in this section combine traditional elements with a number of surprises. A woman, not a man, an 18th-century poet, not an Elizabethan, Montagu in her poem makes a refreshing alternative version of love, represented by the couple enjoying, together, champagne and a chicken.