11/30/2010

Robert Frost? Not So Much.


I read a poem by Robert Frost that really blew my mind.
He wrote so well, a better poet it’d be hard to find.
I was really  inspired, so I thought I’d try to write like him.
Hubris? Oh, yes, I know. My chance of success was slim.

But even so, I decided to do a poem like his, everything in rhyme,
All tricked out with rounded tones, and writ in measured time.
So down at my desk I sat, and took my pen in my hand.
And soon enough I began to write, rhyming to beat the band.

I wrote and wrote, and read and read, and groaned; it just was bad.
I tried and tried, and cried and cried. My failure made me sad.
After it all was thrown away, I knew Robert Frost I’ll never be.
I guess I'll just be content with myself, and write my stuff like me.

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This is my offering for One Shot Wednesday.

38 comments:

  1. I can't write in rhyme, it always comes out wrong! I admire anyone who even tries! I'd never read any Robert Frost, I think I'll start now.

    Thanks for sharing

    Shan
    @Awdures

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  2. A very important lesson. Much as we might desire to be someone else, we should stick to our own, embrace what we ourselves can do - to spend life trying to emulate another brings us nowhere, fast. Lovely write, Patti! Keep up the fine writing as you are - let Frost be Frost, and you be you.

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  3. Made me smile. So hard to copy the great poets! :) But there's fun in the trying. (Okay, maybe you didn't have fun if you cried? ;-)

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  4. Even Frost had problems finding his voice. He was in the middle of writing a long poem he deemed a failure when he wrote Stopping By Snowy Woods as an after thought. It was his voice. It's a lesson. You are you, find your own way to say what you want. Good choice of subject matter here, and cleverly done.

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  5. Yeah! Who cares about Robert Frost. He's yesterday's news. Love this Patti.

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  6. Yay, by trying to be somebody else you found the truth...you can only be a first-rate version of yourself. Excellent Patti. Hope you are well my friend.

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  7. This was a fun read Patti.. and amazing how we at times want to write like someone else...yet our best is when we write exactly from the person we are....nice OSW...bkm

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  8. Well-written exercise about the virtues of being yourself.

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  9. So sweet--I feel your pain.

    But just being you is the only way to BE!

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  10. Ohh... but I REALLY like your poems just the way they are, Pat!! Besides, being oneself is the essence of writing poetry anyway...
    By the way, great rhymes here! :)

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  11. love it! gave me a chuckle Good one!
    thank you

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  12. I like poems with rythum but not rhyme.
    As to Robert Frost, I can't waste the time.

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  13. Patti you never cease to amaze with wit and talent.

    I understand Robert wasn't always appreciated for his rhyme
    (probably his mom saying "Stop that Robert" )

    Thanks for the One rhyming shot

    moonie hugs

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  14. Hi Patti...
    It seems like forever since we last commented.
    Still brilliant and funny I see....G

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  15. Good one - I can't rhyme for the life of me and sound anything but silly. You did well!

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  16. Lovely and cute :)
    Robert Frost, no doubt a great poet.
    It was very enjoyable :)

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  17. Everone has their own voice and it's sure to appeal to a certain percentage of poetry readers. Concentrate on those and enjoy doig your own thing. It's great.

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  18. Cute... love the rhythm to this piece.

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  19. i felt that before, after being acquainted with his 'acquainted with the night'....

    your voice speaks of poetry too

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  20. yeah,,,depressing ain't it?

    it's all good fun, tho

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  21. Wonderful. I especially like when you point out it might be hubris. Yet, the poem is well thought and crafted. Nice One Shot. Love and Light, Sender

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  22. Nicely done! I had a similar lament earlier: Resolution

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  23. Good old Frost- so many layers, and rhyme-
    we can only hope to be so gifted. Thanks!

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  24. Fun poem. Thanks for sharing it.

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  25. Yeah Patti! This is rhymey and bouncy and fun, despite not having the loftiness of Frost. I'm with Monkey Man though. He's yesterday, but you are where it's at today!!

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  26. This is wonderfully done, the admiration of a well known poet and what you contain of your own attributes.
    Generally I love rhyming, though the last few I've done a bit less of.
    I don't think it matters quite as much really, as long as it flows, and your words here are spectacular!! :)
    Personally I loved your words to read as opposed to perhaps these "legends" because with all in it, you are here, interacting still. I think one day someone may say, "how come I couldn't write like Patti..." :) seriously quite possible!!!
    EXCELLENT work!!! ~April

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  27. Robert Frost is an icon, but one stage we all go through...I went through a Hemmingway stage long ago as well...My favorite frost is "Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening" Good one shot!

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  28. I love the ending and had to wonder if maybe robert frost might be doing the same thing somewhere somehow...:-)


    I like the light-heartedness...

    After it all was thrown away, I knew Robert Frost I’ll never be.
    I guess I'll just be content with myself, and write my stuff like me

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  29. ah patti - just be who you are and write that way...i like it!
    last week i tried my first rhyming poem...was really difficult - and in english for me it's even more difficult - but there is an internet site which helps you to find words that rhyme...made it a bit easier...a bit..

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  30. Love Robert Frost and love you! Writing in your own voice is enough.

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  31. Thank you for visiting, Everyone.

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  32. loved the rhyming and fun in this. I am always entertained when I read your work...Robert Frost or not :)

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  33. Hi Patti

    Thanks for visiting my site and reading about the Wooden Nickel. Next time I come across one I will take you up on it and buy you a drink with it... :-) Have a great day, gonna go read something by Robert Frost.

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