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 Walling.
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 Walling
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.
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 Walling . The words at the end of the lines are taken from Robert Frost’s Mending Wall.
Walling I don’t remember what The reasons were why I And I honestly believed I was Right to start the path to walling What to secure in A shattered heart or What started all the walling The not allowing emotion out Stone upon stone and Mortar securing it to The hidden part whom Kept the self the I Protected and was Protected like A tiny mouse to Hide and give The cat no offense It was something I thought unharmed there But as so often life is Unpredictable and that Walling doesn’t Give one room to love And that is when a Notion starts to tear down the wall.
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