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Blog Posted:7/19/2020 9:41:00 AM

To me, it's a poetry accomplishment beyond comprehension. For instance, there are relatively few who can write a traditional English/Shakespearean Sonnet correctly in true iambic pentameter and even fewer who can do so while producing unforced and artful poetry. Of those who can, Mark Massey among them, not many have written a Crown of Sonnets, which is 7 sonnets where the last line of each becomes the first line of the next - among other rules. Even more rare are those who have written a Heroic Crown which is 15 sonnets where the final sonnet is made up of the first line of the preceeding 14 with rhyme scheme/form/cohesiveness and poetic art still applying - that's 210 lines of poetry mind you!  BUT, Mark is not stopping there...he is in the process of writing 14 heroic crowns (210 sonnets) and an additional sonnet to equal 2,954 lines of poetry in strict form; that's 14,770 iambic meters! The poets who have ever done this in world history wouldn't fill a short bus, and the poets who have written one about the American Civil War is zero until now. In addition he is using the Gettysburg Heroic Crown as a Volta which is both traditional and clever since the Gettysburg battle was the "turning" point of the war. One of my interests is the civil war and I can say that his depictions are historically accurate in addition to being artfully presented. Any of us would be proud to have written even one of his poems in this epic achievement. The Heroic Crowns he has produced so far are included under the short story section here on Poetry Soup. Bravo indeed Mark!

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Date: 7/25/2020 2:45:00 AM
As a digression Craig. Pareidolia...great addition to my vocab on the process of 'poeting' Thanks,have a great weekend..teacher.
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craig cornish
Date: 7/25/2020 3:41:00 PM
Another word that falls into the same genre' is synesthesia where one sensory stimulation activates another sense. You to Brian
Date: 7/22/2020 10:40:00 AM
You have indirectly answered a question which I have recently been mulling over, namely: should a poet try his/her hand at all the varied poetic forms, or concentrate on that which the poet excells at? I think that it takes discipline, skill and a passion not all of us possess to achieve what Mark has accomplished. I take my hat off to him.
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Brian Strand
Date: 7/25/2020 2:42:00 AM
Trying out forms ESS is a key part of the ' poeting process' 'til developing your own ' usp ' so to speak.(alongside ,of course,read read read poetry of the 'accepted' greats both old ' trads ' and new...just saying
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craig cornish
Date: 7/22/2020 12:49:00 PM
The answers are both simple and complex. For instance, sonnets are one of my favorite forms yet I do not have the discipline to do what Mark is doing. As far as forms go, well, you don't just run on to the field and play shortstop, you try every position and find what you like or are good at (they're usually the same) or...perhaps baseball isn't your calling so you try something else but through it all we learn and eventually settle for what makes us the happiest. With writing or anything, even if we're born with the aptitude, we still have much to learn - so the more we study, the better.
Date: 7/19/2020 9:10:00 PM
Mark, I'm so glad you have posted these on your page! Keep them up!!! I'm absolutely blown away by your interpretation of each subject, each specific significant conflict within a particular battle - like where you took the cornfield at Antietam, not only in metaphor but from each philosophical angle - I've stood in the West Woods, the Cornfield, the Sunken Road and they bring chills - your write takes it all home. Thanks for sharing all of this!
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Date: 7/19/2020 7:03:00 PM
Thank you Craig, as you know, I have been working on this for some time and hopefully can complete the task by early next year. I have always appreciated your influence and support.
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craig cornish
Date: 7/19/2020 8:31:00 PM
Mark, the time you have already taken has been well spent. I think too many, including myself feel we've got to write about this or that and finish it today and then move on - when we haven't really done our art the justice it deserves - what we should expect of ourselves. You hold yourself to those higher standards we all should - excellence is always worth waiting for, so even if it takes 'til the end of next year, so be it.
Date: 7/19/2020 5:46:00 PM
I have composed 3 Heroic Crown Sonnets. The 1st, The Skeletons And Songs Of Samsara, the second titled as, The Whips Of History, and the third being, The Warlord Wars No More...J.A.B.
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craig cornish
Date: 7/19/2020 8:51:00 PM
Justin, Your compositions are epic and deserve to be applauded as well. You took an original path and you are well aware of the intense effort it takes to complete these no matter the form you choose to use.
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Mark Massey
Date: 7/19/2020 7:01:00 PM
Justin, I will check them out - thanks
Date: 7/19/2020 4:02:00 PM
Craig, cannot find Mark Massey anymore on poetrysoup, I know he did a contest looking for poems to write music for, is that the same Mark? He did write music for a poem by Andrea, that ended up on utube if it is the person I am thinking about, never knew he could actually write poetry himself, maybe it is not the same person- Constance
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Mark Massey
Date: 7/19/2020 7:00:00 PM
Thank you Constance
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craig cornish
Date: 7/19/2020 4:06:00 PM
Same guy Constance
Date: 7/19/2020 2:37:00 PM
Sadly I cant find his poetry
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Mark Massey
Date: 7/19/2020 6:59:00 PM
Charmaine, they are posted under short stories... and thank you as well
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 7/19/2020 4:04:00 PM
I wish to read his poems.
Date: 7/19/2020 2:35:00 PM
I logged in trying to find Mark Massey s poetry.Thanks Craig
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Date: 7/19/2020 11:31:00 AM
Bravo, Mark!
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Mark Massey
Date: 7/19/2020 6:58:00 PM
Thank you Andrea
Date: 7/19/2020 11:28:00 AM
I can only give that a very British BLIMEY. If anyone can do it, Mark can!
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Mark Massey
Date: 7/19/2020 7:06:00 PM
Nina, in response to your comment on Gettysburg - I do hope to publish this. I have solicited Craig's support and hopefully he jumps in. This is a large project and he has been a positive influence from my beginnings on this site.
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Mark Massey
Date: 7/19/2020 6:57:00 PM
Thank you Nina
Date: 7/19/2020 10:27:00 AM
That is an incredible undertaking! He is a master poet, and a gentleman. Lovely blog Craig. xomo
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Mark Massey
Date: 7/19/2020 6:58:00 PM
Thank you PT
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craig cornish
Date: 7/19/2020 1:33:00 PM
Thx PT - always love a bit of tart & sting! And Nina "gentameter" is a creative twist, hey, it might become a real word in a couple years - after all, irregardless has been accepted and I think yours is more word worthy shall I say.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 7/19/2020 11:28:00 AM
He is the iambic GENT-ameter some might say. I’ll leave.

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