Sonnets With A New Twist!

Book Review of 21 Lines Fusion Sonnets of 21st Century; Sonnet Mondal; Sparrow Publication Kolkata; pp 160; Rs 295

–  Koketso Mokgobi Marishane

Dr Sonnet Mondal in his latest book, 21 lines Fusion Sonnets of 21st Century, has introduced a new genre of 21 Lines Fusion Sonnets. The sonnets have strong sharpness with satire, irony to life using metaphorical puns to assert allusions which could at a larger point be mistaken for idioms but proverbs. Though nature has always been naturally right, Sonnet’s sonnets offer sufficient pathos with an in-depth insight into the modern day society that we’ve for so long cast out. Although it may be argued that Sonnet’s sonnets should carry areas of his observation, creation and participation, which are seemingly peculiars from the path of philanthropically peaceful habits, or which admonishes such practices from reaching the ultimate desire of the mind, body and soul, still, it’d be arguably rational to entertain these observations engaged him within the peace and camaraderie charges.

Although it’s commonly accepted by the global environment for sonnets to be in fourteen (14) lines as we’ve been trained by the ancient literary makers to stick to the rules and regulations as guideline servers, Sonnet’s sonnets have, however, exceeded. Sonnets in English are usually of 14 lines that rhyme divided between an octave (eight lines) and a sestet (six lines) with a break in the sense and the lines are in iambic pentameter.



The octave will then introduce the idea (theme) to tell about the content of the whole poem. Sestets therefore solidify or conclude the theme. This is according to the rules in Italian literature which is solely different from when a sonnet is divided into three quatrains ending with a couplet to juice the whole poem being the most emphatic, with of course three rhyming schemes as regulated for sonnets having alternative rhyme.

i.e. aabb-ccdd-eeffgg,


and abba-cddc-effe-gg.

These are the types of commonly accepted sonnets: Italian (Pertrachan) and Elizabethan (Shakespearean) Sonnet with their dissimilarity in rhyme. Although additional materials are at times necessary to add weight to amuse, which could be labeled as “tailed sonnet”, Sonnet’s sonnets are in this case, indifferent in a way that he manipulates the perceptions of everyday writing principles. Nonetheless, standing his ground and exceeding the realms of possibilities, like Milton and George attempted, Sonnet Mondal revamped/innovated his style.

Looking back where he comes from, Sonnet was a popular figure among other poets. Butlike veterans have said, “those who are called will stay longer”.  It’s in this regard that I may say, however, that Sonnet has paved way for his life by standing the test of time. Although changes of ideas always occur influencing tendencies to reshape some metrical symmetries which are oft’ times difficult to follow the strict regulations of rhyme, such practices have been discarded by the poets in the modern day society, calling for poetical licensing freedom though others still remain faithful to the art. Sonnet’s sonnets are indifferent, however, with uncommon but regular rhyming prototype with some variations, though breaking in sense as the regular but uncommon in its use as being lastly introduced in the end. This phenomenal exercise is uncommon, but Sonnet does it so fluently the flow goes metaphorically easy once you repeatedly indulge in it, with its seventeen wording in a single line.

His intellectual prowess permeates every sonnet through his never-heard-of-before poetic phraseology and coinage, and they exhume sheer literary brilliance. Interesting to note still, that his sonnets though different as they are from the traditional sonnets by the ancient poets such as William Shakespeare amongst others, Sonnet added a fusion to his sonnets qualifying them as fusionist contemporary literary classics, first time of its own in history. What a fascinating experience!

Reading Sonnet’s sonnets, however, one may presume mostly that the focus is being put the part that life is not fair: That human nature and human deeds can never meet at a common and peaceful ground in shaping a better environment for all that dwell in it. Little emphasis is mentioned on love, peace, solidarity, philanthropy but more of love’s rejection to the human kind, lacking a sense of belonging and feeling worthless. Such negative but atrocious aspects of life are felt throughout the read. Though nature may avenge like a parent putting a child for fasting, this practice continues to get healing from time besides its ridicule often times neglected. Hence, mostly in such situations, poets manage to draw a rather charitable inspiring vision in verse to smile upon by using the Spanish Speech Figures in sequence to add an element of fusion by the use of metaphors, apostrophes, puns, synecdoche, alliterations with connotations, onomatopoeia, syllogism, similes, oxymoron and a relative others.

Dr Sonnet Mondal, a BTech Engineering Student at West Bengal University, India, has for some time now, been on the shoulders of giants, thus his present caliber, poet par excellence, thus Doctor of Literature.

21 Lines Fusion Sonnets of 21st Century by Sonnet Mondal is a serious work of art that speaks both for the poet and his people. In this collection, you’ll encounter a voice of a young man who’s been entrusted with a huge title of honor as a license to travel the globe at large. He caringly writes with passion, with abstract attention to detail to shower the mind with natural beauties, fear for the greatest and gratitude for the present. He writes for a purpose, not just for poetry’s sake, like William Shakespeare in Macbeth: “full of sound and fury signifying nothingness”. It’s thus in this regard that I put my name with lesser weight to ascertain that the kind of quality, strength and power theses poems carry, trusting these poems will be recommended for scholarly studies hence treasured for generations by all who understand the Queen’s language.


Though human nature will always seek to perverse the world, nature knows no ill.

“The white clouds in the blame theme;

Perhaps the fault of the painter…

Colors spreading toward the subject tower;

A new shade to be brushed

To save it from being crushed;”

Sonnet No.1


Happiness starts from within.

“Are you not bored standing here, then why are you smiling?

I know you have whims; still why aren’t you appealing?

The day isn’t far when the circulating air in your galleries-

Will break open the blockage of the ministerial ears,

And will force them to dress up with new color perhaps white-

Then the parties and dances will kiss off your boredom.”

Sonnet No.2


Mother nature knows best.

“You were the cause of production, then what led you break the charming rhymes?

Must be to reduce an extra burden of-

Or to cure someone off the circle of existence;

Perhaps the soul will go to merge into the supreme soul-

Of the hunger would never return again.”

Sonnet No.4


Revolution is history in the making.

“The smoke rising and curling up to create a new creation of destruction.

Are they heading towards perfection in passion or ultimate doom?

Have the labeled bottles perforated their body or they find happiness in gloom?

Addiction will vanish in another six months-

Vital forces of the drunk, will end in water-

The dying whim of employment would turn them loyal;

The compulsion to perform will certainly speak in favor of betterment.

Sonnet No.8


Dirt has no place but on earth.

“The deformed woman, in her eightieth revolution round the sun,

Like thin black rotten pasted upon a skeleton frame;

She came out of the crowd and called out to blame,

For the dirt were uncared by the juvenile bloods-a terrible shame!

Sonnet No.13


Awaiting death in no option of mine

I was wrong to make someone cry for my own pleasure-

To leave address and set up a new.

But destiny desired failure for me amongst my crew.

I hope Mother Nature indubitably will exonerate me or I be-

Waiting beside to see the waves pull down the structure setting laws of timeout.

Sonnet No.14


The goods of life

“He girls came to me, each with the opinion of being diverse in their own tales-

Experimenting was just a filthy cause, lust lasted in heap,

Unsatisfied with one that led to two and three and seep-

The beauty beneath the blood; the feeling of ship in a storm,

Perhaps I chose those girls changing their norms;

I fell in love through yearn, but they seemed to scorn…

Confusion prevailed over my musing wits with those terse lines from the females.”

Sonnet No. 15


I am becoming famous again

“My first night of gig; I was presented as an elocutionist for poetry recitation;

Days of hard work must turn fruits of success in fame,

Of understanding verse to make others do the same.

I was primed, yet it was the first instant; I didn’t realize it to be a game.

I never knew if, for my voice, my image to be set into aberration.”

Sonnet No. 24


You can check out his creations at www.sonnetmondal.co.cc

Koketso Marishane is an independent researcher, critic, poet and essayist. He’s based in South Africa.



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  1. February 25th, 2011 | Bina Biswas says:

    The review is good… i’ts for those who don’t understand and read much poetry also… Sonnet Mondol is a new rising star…in the eastern horizon… definitely that shines bright and illumines every mind all over the universe…

    Keep it up… and all the best to the young Poet Laureate from India

  2. March 6th, 2011 | Josh Matison says:

    Beautiful review by Koketso Marishane for a literary giant.

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