Two crowns for two sisters, in two different senses of the word: today’s story is a double accomplishment.
The Sisters’ Coronet
[Sad] • 1,923 words
A collection of poems about Luna’s growing discontent, her fall, and her eventual return and redemption.
FROM THE CURATORS: Structured poetry requires a very different approach to reading than prose — being willing to slow down and savor the imagery, the rhythm, and the sound of the language, not just the tale being told — but there was no question in our minds that this was a piece which rewards that effort. “I’m recommending this on ‘it’s damned good poetry’ grounds,” Present Perfect said. “Oh my, yes,” JohnPerry responded, and Chris chimed in: “I am completely in awe.”
What primarily provoked that reaction was the mind-blowing technical achievement of the structure of the piece. “It’s a double heroic crown of sonnets,” Horizon said, and explained: “First you write a sonnet (a 14-line poem with tight metrical and rhyme requirements). Then you write 13 more sonnets expanding on the same theme. Then you take the first line of each one, string them together, and furiously edit your poems until that’s also a proper sonnet, and you’ve got a heroic crown. THEN, to double it, you take the last line of each one, string those together, and fiddle with your poems until THAT’S a proper sonnet too. If you think that sounds like a ridiculous amount of work for 2,000 ponywords, you’re beginning to understand.”
As you might expect from an author capable of such a feat, the construction of the piece was impeccable. “The rhymes were all perfect. There was maybe one foot that felt out of place,” Present Perfect said. However, as Chris noted, the construction wasn’t the only element to appreciate. “If it was ‘just’ a double heroic crown, it would still be worth celebrating simply for the quality of its craftsmanship,” he said, “but it manages on top of that to tell a meaningful story, and to find a place for itself within the history of its setting, and to utilize that place to say something about its principal characters.”
Ultimately, Horizon said, this was worth celebrating despite its daunting first impression. “Highbrow poetry can be a tough sell,” he said, “but the bottom line is, I’ve never seen anything else like this, in this fandom or any other.”
Read on for our author interview, in which Fable Scroll discusses simple ponies, untapped potential, and offering comfort via time-travel.