- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: PublishAmerica (November 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607032244
- ISBN-13: 978-1607032243
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,041,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
I would imagine that trying to write 171 sonnets would make me want to pull my hair out, since it is such a constraining form. But they don't feel agonized over at all. In fact, that quaint, restrained form is what makes the rather nerdy subject matter so exceptionally sweet and charming. I get the impression that Dr. Graber was reveling in the process of counting the syllables and finding the rhymes, even the slightly corny ones, as if it were a puzzle. Some of them, like when he rhymes "curiosity" with "nebulosity" are purely delightful. He clearly had fun writing this. His rather quirky sense of humor is ubiquitous. And reading, you get the feeling that he has a personal investment in how the story unfolds, and is feeling all his characters' triumphs and failures with them.
The telling of the story never gets too labored. It feels webbed together in a light and dreamy way. Sometimes one sonnet leads into the next, sometimes the connections are more ambiguous, and slowly gain clarity. There are stories within stories. Dr. Graber's reimagining of the myth of Pluto and Proserpina is just lovely. History, myth, playfulness, and romance are all gracefully interlaced.Read more ›
Through a fantastic combination of imagery and unique language usage, the reader is mesmerized by gods and goddesses, mythology and fact. This author utilizes his skill with words to take his readers on an adventure, pondering mythology, creation, human nature, and astronomy.
Whether you are a fan of classic poets or simply looking for something fresh in the world of poetry, Plutonic Sonnets will not disappoint.
The "Sonnets" is an exploration, a romance, and one steady chuckle. The story begins on Samos, the Greek isle, and ends several centuries later in Arizona, more or less. Along the way Mr. Graber's cast of characters, a rambunctious household of Roman gods, and a host of earthly astronomers, scientists and forward thinkers, entwine their fortunes. The result is a planetary system, our own, complete and named. More or less. We learn of the elements that make up the cosmos, we learn why Pluto deserves our compassion, we learn that love is eternal.
This is not dry material. This is a peopled story. This is a story of conflict and resolution. Gods are pitted against mortals, and more often against one another. Scientists and astronomers pitch battle against the status quo and the religious thinking of their era. It is fact vs. fiction vs. fact, for even among the fact seekers, there is rarely consensus.
What makes the "Sonnets" compelling is Mr. Graber's own story, a love story, modest and profound, woven within the larger history. What makes the "Sonnets" a pleasure to read is the humor, which is sometimes low key, sometimes dry wit, sometimes approaching slapstick. My first laugh came early, Sonnet lll, written to Democritus:
"In darkness lies the Sun King, long congealed ,
While in your light the Cosmos stands revealed!"
With that I knew I this journey was going to be fun. And it was.
It is apparent that Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robert Bates Graber's book, Plutonic Sonnets, breathes new life into ages past. The naming of the planets and the elements (and the people and places involved) are explored in... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Plutonic Sonnets by Robert Bates Graber is a treasure trove of archaic metaphor and
a voice or poise which is the essence of the sonnet. Read more
You're in good hands with Robert Graber's sonnets, which display virtuosity in subjects ranging from Greek mythology to Galileo and beyond. 165 of these gems for $24. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Vida D. G. Leaf
One of most well written collections of poems - Robert Graber managed to fully emphasize the beauty of the form of the sonnet, and not only. Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Liliana Negoi