It’s true, I decided to switch things up a bit in August. I will continue to write Golden Shovel but move on to Robert Frost. Frost dropped out of college twice but earned more than 40 honorary degrees. That is the smart way to go to college, but he had to win four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry to accomplish the task. He read a poem at JFK’s presidential inauguration. I switched gears in August. Robert Frost is my new poet guy because he has a way with words. Therefore, this new poem will be titled Memories of Yesterday.
Terrance Hayes invented the Golden Shovel style of poetry. This form of found poetry allows the writer to take a favorite poem and use it to make something original. I experimented with found poetry last year when I wrote Blank Verse poems. In the month of July, I focused on William Blake’s poems. Blake and I are breaking up.
The rules for writing a Golden Shovel Poem and Memories of Yesterday
While researching this style of poetry created by Terrance Hayes, there seem to be four simple rules. You can use as many lines of the poem as you want, and the poem will end with you being your creation. I find this idea interesting. Written below are the three simple rules.
1). Choose a poem that you like. I currently I will use poems by Robert Frost.
2)Use each word in the line or lines as the end word in your poem. Make sure they stay in order.
3) Construct an entire poem around them. The meaning doesn’t have to be the same.
4) Give the original poet credit who wrote the line or lines you used.
In this poetic adventure, I will use poems written by Robert Frost. This small poem I call Memories of Yesterday. It will consist of the end of lines taken from Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken.
Memories of Yesterday There was something in the air then A sense of freedom was what we took A form of liberation along with the Inspired by the music and the other Ideas floating in the breeze as A leaf falling from a tree and just Light enough to inspire as A poet by the brook, brilliant and fair A free life can get hard and There are things worth having A safe place to sleep and perhaps A good meal to eat and the Material life is all the better Then the memories of yesterday can claim
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