Jennifer Kwon Dobbs reads “Sonnet LXX” from Elegiac Sonnets by Charlotte Turner Smith
In this installment, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs reads “Sonnet LXX” from Elegiac Sonnets by Charlotte Turner Smith. Dobbs was born in Wonju-Si, South Korea. Her debut collection, Paper Pavilion, received the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2007. Currently, she is assistant professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College and lives in Minneapolis.
Charlotte Turner Smith, “Sonnet LXX” [From Elegiac Sonnets]
On being cautioned against walking over a headland
overlooking the sea, because it was frequented by a
IS there a solitary wretch who hies
To the tall cliff, with starting pace or slow,
And, measuring, views with wild and hollow eyes
Its distance from the waves that chide below;
Who, as the sea-born gale with frequent sighs
Chills his cold bed upon the mountain turf,
With hoarse, half utter’d lamentation, lies
Murmuring responses to the dashing surf?
In moody sadness, on the giddy brink,
I see him more with envy than with fear;
He has no nice felicities that shrink
From giant horrors; wildly wandering here,
He seems (uncursed with reason) not to know
The depth or the duration of his woe.