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“A Sonnet Might Be Made of It” and Authenticity

The conversation begins with someone asking whether there’s a lack of authenticity produced by the artificiality of sonnets—and of the modernist poet William Carlos Williams’ “Sonnet in Search of an Author.” Is it not a love poem at all, but a poem about poetry? Art (video, performance, etc.) sometimes shows the artist as puppet master or showing off, and sometimes chooses to be natural. How much is the artist foregrounded? Keats’ sonnet “First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer.”