Robert Frost and Edward Thomas

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Robert Frost and Edward Thomas

Postby Epic » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:28 pm

Interesting article about the friendship of the two poets.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/ju ... mas-poetry
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Re: Robert Frost and Edward Thomas

Postby Qwertyportne » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:10 pm

Epic, you posted this many months ago but "0" replies caught my attention, so I read the article.

Yes, it revealed many interesting things about their friendship but also about poetry. One that stood out for me is the power of poetry to change lives. Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is one of my favorites, for many reasons. Here are a few:

1-- Like all good poetry, it says so much with so little--less is often more;
2-- His rhyme scheme does not call undue attention to itself--meaning and method are seamlessly interwined;
3-- His abstractions are skillfully grounded in concrete imagery--I still have problems doing that well;

Frost was reported to have said "Writing free-verse poetry is like playing tennis with the net down." Well, writing a structured, rhyming poem can be difficult to do well--it is for me. Done poorly, rhyme can sound annoyingly sing-songy and contrived--especially if it is exclusively end rhyme. But writing free-verse poetry is no cake walk either.

Thanks for the link...

Bill

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Re: Robert Frost and Edward Thomas

Postby Ben Reader » Sun May 06, 2012 12:21 pm

Thank you for sharing this wonderful and very inspiring article and to Bill I would like to agree that poetry really has the power to change lives and it change me too!  I have read lots of poems from anonymous to some of the famous in the world. I love reading them but haven’t tried to write one though. Lol

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Re: Robert Frost and Edward Thomas

Postby zevd2001 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:31 am

Don't who this Edward Thomas was, a propos to Robert Frost. In the last few months I have come to work at rimed metered poetry because it suits my temprament. Very recently in a WD PAD Chapbook competition the prompt called for a poem that is evoked by some "famous poem". I chose the "Mending Wall" and played with one of the themes it suggested to me--in rimed metered poetry, as I do with some other work. As long as somebody mentioned the poem, this is a spin-off of that work--

BACK TO THE MENDING WALL
So it's you again, good neighbor another spring
after the winter's snows have melted down
back to nourish our fields. The crops have grown
well, I see how yours have prospered may they bring
a blessing both upon us, as it's with mine . . .
Yes, it's time to pick up stones, you know they fall
in stormy weather. It's clear about that call
come now it's time to get them back in line.

I know how you feel about placing rocks
one on another shoulder high across
from one end of a space, you're at a loss
to see where I begin, the building blocks
of the way I think . . . you seek out open fields
and open skies where you can expand your mind
as if you could go anywhere. I know your kind
searching willy nilly without shields

to protect yourselves from what might cause you to slip
into nooks and crannies, scrawling about crags
telling yourself it's bad luck, how your intelligence lags
behind your ambitions. Fact is my curiosity runs at a clip
that would put you behind miles of me. I soar
high above imagining the universe in me
and at times leave my gateway out to see
what else there is, still my feet are on the floor.

So really we are the same in many ways
you wandering about figuring out the route
that you just found, and like Sinbad shoot
out on the seven seas again in some maze
returning home weary and rich, whereas I
seek to know more, learn from where I go
take it back collect it record it so
I'll savor it. We need each other, yes, do come by.

Zev Davis


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