michael walker

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I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand.I went through the education system, all high school classes, and graduated from the Uiversity of Auckland with a BA and an MA degree. I taught English and French in a few NZ high schools from 1969 till 2006. I then had some experience teaching English to adults in a Language School. I am still doing part-time teaching at Avondale College. I travelled to ... more »

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The Sonnet

I came across the sonnet at high school: the form
appealed with its fourteen lines and rhyme scheme.
I read Petrarch's love sonnets and they seemed
to have an octave and sestet as the norm.

Sir Thomas Wyatt took the Petrarchan sonnet from Italy to England.
Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, launched the English version,
which had three quatrains and a couplet like an epigram.
William Shakespeare wrote love sonnets almost on demand.

Reading alone, I wanted to be a citizen of the world like Wyatt,
an innovator like Howard, and so in love like ...

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