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With one great gulp I ingest the liquid.

Pain envelops my mind, ceasing to wane.

Now my grotesque features are evicted.

Yet all the affliction does not refrain.

My demeanour split, a battle within.

Like poison it burns me, devastating.

Willingness to go on is wearing thin.

It fails to subside, my teeth grating.

My whole figure is enraptured in change.

A new manner emerges, body fresh.

Alternative thoughts quash that monster’s reign.

His baleful frame hidden by my true flesh.

I have arisen, from the beast’s abode.

A monstrous beginning I have rode.

A sonnet inspired by “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson

By

Sam Colvine

(Third Year)

5

A Monstrous

Beginning