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Canon busting

In her third book of poetry, Sonnet L’Abbé takes on the audacious challenge of overwriting the work of William Shakespeare

SONNET L’ABBÉ’S RELATIONSHIP with William Shakespeare’s poetry goes back to her childhood, starting with her own name. Born in 1973 to a Franco-Ontarian father and a Guyanese mother, L’Abbé was conscious of the fact that her given name was unusual. “It wasn’t on toothbrushes or mugs,” she says. “There was no keychain with ‘Sonnet’ on it.”

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