Wednesday, January 24, 2007

An Encounter: Immitating Frost


Robert Frost (1874-1963) is famed as one of America's greater modern poets (a poet "laureate"--that is, "the best of his kind") along side of T.S. Eliot, among others.

His poetry is--in a way--"regional" in that his imagery is suggestive of the New England landscape in which he lived. His language is relatively simple, clear, and "colloquial" (which is to say, common speech).

As publishers note, he draws upon "everyday incidents, common situations and rural imagery."

Though simple and clear, his poetry is rich in "potent symbolism" that suggests a deeper meaning.

That said, compose a poem of your OWN verse using your OWN subject matter, but in a style similar to Frost. If it helps, pick a favorite poem from the reader or otherwise (by Frost) and mimic his sentence or phrasing structure.

Remember that we read to write and we write to communicate. So go and enter into a dialogue with Frost. See and feel what he inspires you to write about.