Welcome to Constance Naden’s Year in Sonnets

The best introduction to this blog is the first post ‘Songs and Sonnets of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter’, so I recommend you start there. The name ‘Changeful, yet changeless’ comes from the final line of one of Constance Naden’s sonnets, click here to find out more.

I publish my thoughts on a poem once every couple of weeks. I try to stick as closely as possible to the date that Naden intended the sonnet to be read. Sometimes this is easy (there will be a double post on 14th May, to take into account the paired ‘Stratford-On-Avon, May 14th, 1880’ and ‘In The Lanes Between Stratford and Shottery, May 14th, 1880’) whereas other times I have more leeway (for example there are no poems titled ‘June’, but three are printed between ‘May’ and ‘July’).

None of my readings are definitive, especially since I try to keep my posts relatively bitesize. I therefore particularly welcome alternative perspectives and would love to engage in discussion of these down in the comments.

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