Published online: "'Gainst Mine Own Good Nature (lycanthropy)"

I wrote "'Gainst Mine Own Good Nature (lycanthropy)," a narrative series of sonnets, as the final project of an Elizabethan literature class I took this spring (in lieu of an analytical paper). The lycanthropy references in "The Duchess of Malfi" intrigued me as a potential metaphor for current political and cultural trends (lycanthropy at the time referred to the phenomenon of werewolves and was also the medical term used to describe the delusional condition that one was capable of werewolf transformation). These sixteen sonnets were developed with this theme in mind and by mixing original lines with lines lifted from poems and plays in the course reading. 

Poetry in Form picked up the series. If you haven't had enough Shakespeare/Trump mash up yet this year, read it here.