A Polemic Treatise on Mr Turnbull’s Poetic Style

Rory Turnbull (Poetry Editor) has been criticised of late for writing nothing but sonnets. As Matthew Hull sets forth in his polemic treatise:

So Rory Turnbull writes in sonnet form?
And doth to write in other forms refuse?
For “poorer poets write in multiform
Barbaric meters which no structure use.
There is no room for such bad taste!” Says he
Defending Shakespeare’s type as orthodox
And pure. For him, Rhyme’s ancient tyranny
Doth keep us all in check, and guard the box.
Pandora would have opened it for him
And all his tiring work. But think, my friend!
What poems you should write if on a limb
You leave this senseless rule and feuding end!
For if from form to form you will translate
Your poetry, a poet we create!


The Poor Print

Established in 2013, The Poor Print is the student-run newspaper of Oriel College, Oxford. Written by members of the JCR, MCR, SCR and staff, new issues are published fortnightly during term. Our current Executive Editors are Siddiq Islam and Jerric Chong.

One thought on “A Polemic Treatise on Mr Turnbull’s Poetic Style

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s