Sonnet of Jack and Gwendolen

*This is another poem from my AP Lit/Comp Project.  This is based off of the story of  Jack Worthing and Gwendolen Fairfax in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Sonnet of Jack and Gwendolen

 

Jack Worthing, an orphan child in London.
Gwendolen Fairfax, lady of stature.
Lovers barred in the country of England.
While together, their pure love is captured.
A flaw in their love, provided by name.
Lover’s tryst is arranged at the manor.
Jack claims to be Ernest to win his dame,
Lie is exposed in ironic manner.
His unknown brother lies in the same way,
Algernon tells Cecily of his love.
The lies are exposed later in the day.
The day’s events pass quickly in a blur.
Jack learns that his name truly is Ernest.
Two things win out, love and being Earnest.

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