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My response to the prompt:
dug in feet of snow
She has written a nice GW-post (#37) about Robert Frost.
Winter is upon us and there’s no doubt about it.
The other evening I was sitting by the fireplace reading Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets. Unlike most of Frost’s poems his poem Dust of Snow has an essential quality about it that reminds me of a haiku.
We tend to think of Frost as always having written longish poems, but in fact he was very proud of his small compact poems. His Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry, published in 1923 entitled “New Hampshire” contains many of his short poems for example, “Fire and Ice” or “Nothing Gold Can Stay” and “Dust of Snow” which is his shortest poem … One sentence in eight lines (two stanza), all but two are monosyllabic and yes … that means 17 syllables per stanza, a coincidence or had Frost come into contact with haiku at that early date?
Contemplating this poem, we see that a lot of its effect is derived from paradoxes … dust being related usually to something dirty, the fact that he was in a bad mood before the crow dumped snow down on him, which usually would put someone in a bad mood. I’m thinking that like a haiku, reading this poem can give us many layers of meanings outside of the 32 words.
I would invite you to read Robert Frost’s Poem and write about a similar incident using either a haiku or a tanka.
Dust of Snow
Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
Kristjaan Panneman writes:
It’s a wonderful post, a similar with our Carpe Diem Distillation feature … so let this poem by Robert Frost inspire you to write an all new haiku (or tanka). It may be a distillation from the poem or inspired on the poem.
sudden gust of wind
snow swirls down on me
makes me shiver
Hm … a nice one … brings nice memories into my mind … my happy childhood. I see that same happiness in the eyes of my children and grandchildren … awesome.