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The Sonnet as Laboratory Project

Repeated, intense work in a form—social or musical or athletic or cinematic and scientific as well as poetic—can lead to technical innovations. Sometimes the narrow aperture of the form produces intensity. Concentration within a vogue can lead to progress. (One member of the conversation is, in fact, an engineer.) Style enables feeling. Predecessors develop useful technology. An example, “Church Monuments” by George Herbert.