Lucy Vickery

Spectator competition winners: a sonnet on Theresa May’s rictus

The request for sonnets inspired by a well-known contemporary figure’s characteristic feature went down a storm. Entries ranged far and wide, from Victoria Beckham’s pout via Gorbachev’s birthmark to the rise – and fall – of Anthony Weiner’s penis. But both John O’Byrne and Barrie Godwin used Sonnet 18 to hymn hairstyles – Donald Trump’s and Boris Johnson’s respectively (Shall I compare thee to a bale of hay?/ Thou art more windblown and intemperate…’) There was a spot of preposition-related confusion this week – my fault entirely – and sonnets either ‘to’ or ‘on’ were acceptable.

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