Will’s Latest Sonnet (in the style of Bob Newhart)
Will’s Agent is going over some parchments with disdain; picking, glancing and discarding them in succession.
SFX Phone Rings
WA picks up the phone
SFX The phone stops ringing
Will’s Agent holds up the conversation one-sidedly.
WA: Oh, hi, Will, baby! Yeah, I was just giving your latest, ah… poem the once over – it’s a doozie!
Sonnet. Yes, that’s what you do isn’t it? Sonnets… (Seeks and finds parchment of Sonnet XVIII ) …
sonnets, sonnets, sonnets, one after the other, all in a row; and this one you’ve called… Sonnet X.V.I.I.I. Snappy title, Will. After the other seventeen I’m not that surprised. And I absolutely ‘love’ the rhyme scheme and the rhythm ‘ tum-te-dum-te-dum-te-dum’ (as in The Archers) ‘tum-te-dum-de-dum-dum…’ again.
Yeah, yeah,I know Will, this one is the best one yet… but that’s what you said about Sonnet X.V.I.I!
(WA reads snatches of poem with yada yada yada at end – as below, for example)
WA: …Summer’s day… Rough winds… Eternal this, eternal that, another Summer, yada, yada, yada…”