A few days ago, Green Girl in Wisconsin reminded us that April is poetry month. O frabjous day! Check out the Pablo Neruda poems she posted.
I don’t know a whole lot about poetry, but I do have some favorites. I usually say my very favorite poem is The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W. B. Yeats, but around here, the most commonly referenced poem is this one:
This Is Just to Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
William Carlos Williams
I first found this poem in my Norton Anthology of Poetry, a book I have only because I was fortunate enough to hang around with a bunch of English majors in college. When I was young and sincere and trying to learn guitar, I put these words to a tune. It was an earnest and spare song with harmony consisting of the four chords I had learned to play on the guitar. The world is lucky that I can’t find it and that I gave up trying to play guitar.
Now that I am older, this poem annoys me with its lack of punctuation. Perhaps it just balances out my overuse of punctuation. Nevertheless, I do feel the poem is complete. It reminds me of my son’s English teachers who would always respond to his spare prose on a written assignment with “I need more.” Why? Son answered your question (in full sentences, with punctuation!). i wonder if Billy Carlos Williams' teachers would have asked for more verbiage.
The Common Household finds no earnestness, but rather, high spoofability, in this poem, especially when I am always unwittingly saying, “Who ate the ____ that I was saving for dinner?!”
Here’s a variation written by Oldest Daughter when she was 12:
Yesterday, I broke the piano that you had been saving to teach with.
I’m sorry, but I was practicing karate.
I’d regret it, but it was the perfect target.
And I offer you this:
I have spoofed
Which was in my
Norton Anthology of Poetry
You were probably
For English class
It was so,
It is probably wrong of me to post this on Shakespeare’s birthday, but this is just proof that April is, in fact, the cruelest month.
Do you have a favorite poem? A favorite Earth Day Cake?
|It was Earth Day yesterday. Here is Youngest Daughter's|
Earth Day Cake. It has nothing to do with this post.