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Sofonisba - Young and Old

I’m Virgo, playing music tranquilly in this self-portrait. The clavichord I chose. It denotes fine education; the black clothes I'm wearing prove I value chastity. Dark as a shadow, to the left of me is the face of my governess, which shows I am dutiful. My face fairly glows - lit with love for the arts and poetry! See me in this latter portrait, still in black, a high collar at my neck. A strange disguise my face is now; I'm nearly taken aback to see my sagging jowls! How dim my eyes, and how thin my lips! But never did I lack for love! I have lived long and have grown wise. *Sofonisba Anguissola, who called herself Virgo, lived from 1532 to 1625. She was a female artist known for her great grace and modesty. I chose to write of her using the Petrarchan Sonnet to honor her Italian heritage. The two self-portraits described are from when she was both young and old. I thought it interesting to see how she changed with the years. If you copy and paste my link, you will see several self portraits from her youth and the two on the bottom are probably close to when she was in her 90’s! Please see

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  1. Date: 2/5/2014 3:03:00 PM
    I can see this piece of art, without really seeing have mastered the art of description! Nicely done, Andrea....congratulations!

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 12:19:00 PM
    This is awesome work!! No wonder it is in the winners’ list..Sara

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 11:49:00 AM
    One of the hardest sonnets to write and as always excellent flow! I enjoyed the info as well. Congrad's on your win, Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 10:09:00 AM
    Congrats on your win Andrea

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 9:52:00 AM
    Congrats Andrea. Kayod5.

  1. Date: 2/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
    As a fellow Virgo I enjoyed reading this one again. Congratulations Andrea.

  1. Date: 11/28/2013 10:19:00 AM
    You do sonnets so well and this is no exception. Awesome write. love phyl

  1. Date: 10/31/2013 4:01:00 PM
    Hi Andrea, lifes not normal but ok. Just a whirlwind of dealing with this and that. Sofonisba sounds like the epitamy of what we all, at least should aspire to. Grace beyond her years and also within them. Awsomely written. Love the style. Peace. :)

  1. Date: 10/27/2013 7:49:00 AM
    lovely sonnet...i haven't looked the contest over but i can see the images clearly through your beautiful words...great write Andrea :)

  1. Date: 10/26/2013 7:15:00 AM
    great write Andrea....I like how you uses time to compare her wises

  1. Date: 10/25/2013 11:03:00 AM
    Its great to read sofonisba, but Andrea there is grace in your work. A special grace which could be sensed only by people who earn success. I have lot of appreciation for your work. Andrea "the Grace". (:v Jenish

  1. Date: 10/24/2013 4:23:00 PM
    Interesting way to go for the contest with an educational touch..Enjoyed reading your contest entry..Reads like a winner to me..Thanks for the visit to my page..I thought that the last stanza of your poem refered to the last gate..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara

  1. Date: 10/24/2013 8:51:00 AM
    Beautiful Andrea!

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 10:44:00 AM
    Hi Andrea - Great poem. Of course I looked up the site and now bookmarked it. Really cool. lvoe, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 8:55:00 AM
    You constantly amaze me with your talent for bringing formed poetry to life. She aged so gracefully, right before our eyes.

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 1:58:00 AM
    her self-potraits are so subdued yet piercing, much like your composition, andie... a beautiful piece to read with greeat line-breaks!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:49:00 PM
    I really like how her black attire comes full circle throughout her life

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 9:19:00 PM
    A beautiful sonnet - thank you for providing the link!

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 4:26:00 PM
    A wonderful poem you have created here Andrea. What a wonderful poet you are....Peter

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:59:00 AM
    nine out of ten, now ten out of eleven,,, men that comment here,,, not surprising, after all you are the queen of sonnets, if not of all poetry, love your poetry Andrea and always will...........