Parrott sophomore Rachel Alexander-Lee’s original sonnet recently won first place in ECU’s Shakespeare Contest.

The contest was open to all area high school juniors and seniors and was judged by faculty members in the ECU English Department. This year’s sonnet competition was timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (April 23, 1616) and associated celebrations that are occurring world-wide this year.

The awards ceremony will take place in Joyner Library April 21. It will include invited readings by the winners and a brief presentation on the art of Shakespeare’s sonnets by Professor Marianne Montgomery of ECU’s English Department. Play-acting of a Shakespeare scene by ECU’s Storybook Theatre class will follow.

Rachel’s winning sonnet:

Vanity

That beauty's hold is in our hearts is crime.

With this above all sins, we blind ourselves.

Once mentioned, exit reason, enter rhyme.

A fairness seen, our eye no deeper delves.

One might to patience turn to find true worth.

You see, it's stouter, everlasting too.

For beauty's fleeting on this bitter earth,

And its enchantment soon is lost on you.

Humility I wish we sought this day.

If we could break our mirrors and transform,

would feuds and petty gibes all fade away?

The scraggly child be taken in to warm?

If such a world burst forth, what liberty!

For shame that such a world can never be.