Lucy Vickery

Christmas hits rewritten as sonnets

‘It’s Crimbo! Unafraid, we’ll ban the shadows, /And spend our higher incomes bringing grins…’ [Photo by Duncan Raban/Popperfoto via Getty Images]

In Competition No. 3179 you were invited to submit a Christmas hit single rewritten as a sonnet.

This seasonal challenge was embraced with gusto, and highlights, in a magnificent entry, ranged from Ian Barker’s version of Jona Lewie’s catchy and affecting ‘Stop the Cavalry’ to Basil Ransome-Davies’s reworking of the peerless Eartha Kitt’s innuendo-laden ‘Santa Baby’.

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