“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life — It goes on”
Robert Frost was a great American poet who had his share of tragedy in his life so it is amazing to me how beautiful and uplifting many of his poems are.I read about this contest yesterday, the deadline isn’t until September but I will mark my calendar or I’ll forget. The assignment write a poem in the style or “spirit of Robert Frost.” Although I am familiar with several of Robert Frost’s “popular” poems such as Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening I don’t really know what his style is. I’m guessing narrative poetry, or telling a story with your poem. In researching his work I found that he wrote Stopping by Woods… in a few minutes after staying up all night working on another poem.
Another favorite narrative poems is this one by Raymond Carver. I think narrative poetry is a good style of poetry to introduce to people who say they don’t understand or like poetry. It is hard not to read Raymond Carver’s poem and not feel for the poet.
Today, take some time to research some narrative poems and brainstorm on what event in your life would make a good narrative poem. Now get back to work!
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