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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Sonnets of Love and Joy by Paul Buchheit is a compilation of the author's original poetry focusing on the two titular subjects in varied forms. Buchheit's works are written as sonnets, and this is perhaps the first time in many years that I was handed a book of sonnets that conformed to the genre. A sonnet isn't just another fancy name for any poem; it is poetry in the traditional English fourteen-line format. It is lyrical. It is classic. It is Shakespearean. It is also difficult to perfect. Broken down into five sections, Buchheit's offerings fall into one of the following author-appointed categories: Love of Another, Joy of Family and Friends, Joy of Nature, Joy of the Seasons, and The Joy of Children.
Sonnets of Love and Joy by Paul Buchheit gave me a lot of the joy that is implied in the title. The writing is clean and engaging, with some excellent moments of levity to balance out some of the heavier wording. I think a thesaurus was employed in the writing of these sonnets and a dictionary might be a prerequisite to some readers, which I will neither confirm nor deny in my case. Each piece is headed by an image, and they run the gamut from art to photography to stock images and beyond. They do set the tone for what's to come and provide a nice visual. The standout sonnet to me is Winter Moment from the Joy of the Seasons collection. I read it next to the fire and on this cold English night it spoke to me as I had my own “intercourse of fire and solitude.” This is an excellent collection of real sonnets and is highly recommended.