My first-year comp. classes are embarking on the poetry section of the course. Some are happy, some are terrified, some indifferent. By happy synchronicity, Matt Jensen posts today on the sonnet as a metaphor for

“the gift of structure – not a structure which locks the world, let alone the Creator himself, into eternal mechanical repetition, but a structure which provides freedom.” (Andy Crouch, Art and the Bible)

Another way of looking at it, says Jensen, “To write a sonnet is also to overcome the fear of commitment.” Nice. Read the whole thing.

I love poetry. If my students come through this section having discovered at least one poem with which they connect, I feel vindicated.