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UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 05:45 PM
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Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

~R.F.
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 06:28 PM
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1. I have always loved this. nt
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Crystal Clarity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 06:49 PM
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2. Musical tribute to Robert Frost from some local talent
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 06:58 PM
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3. It's a lovely poem, but the problem I have with it is
that whenever I read it I hear this tune in my head:

Whose woods these are I think I know,
Doo dah, doo dah,
His house is in the village though;
Oh, doo dah day...
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 07:15 PM
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4. !!!!!
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I've since realized that this is an old joke... but I prefer to believe that
it also actually happened in this case. This Commanding Officer involved
here was reputed to have NOT been amused.
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Big Communist rallies in Western Europe in the early-to-mid-70's were
always seen as a potential safety concern for American troops who
lived off post (re: getting home on public transportation).
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Our CO asked our First Sergeant if the crosstown buses ran all night.
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Well... would YOU have been able to resist singing the "answer"?
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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 07:18 PM
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5. I have a similar problem.
When my 6th grade teacher asked us to read it aloud, with each of us kids reading a line, the girl who read, "His house is in the village though" said "through" instead of "though," and that's how I hear it in my head now - "His house is in the village THROUGH." Drives me nuts, but I can't get rid of "through."

Yes, lovely poem, I agree.
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 08:16 PM
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6. You think THAT's a problem, let me ruin a few more for you!
Forgive me if I'm preaching to the choir here, but I've always been tickled that the old four-three meter, where you have four beats to a line, then three, then four, etc. (called "common meter") means that you can swap around the tunes of many a song, and all the poems of Emily Dickinson, and a few others. So you can do her poems to "House of the Rising Sun", "Amazing Grace", and the theme from Gilligan's Island. "Because I could not stop for death/It kindly stopped for me" works very well with the GI theme.
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 08:45 PM
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9. I think all of Dickinson's stuff works when sung to "Yellow Rose of Texas" too.
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 08:19 PM
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7. I truly love this poem.
Frost is an interesting fellow. Now and then he gets it just right, and now and then I think he clunks. I happen to think this one's lovely. And doesn't that last stanza say it all? Thanks for posting.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 08:28 PM
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8. This is one of my favorite poems.

Thanks for posting it.

:)
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RadiationTherapy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 10:33 PM
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10. I memorized this poem in 6th grade.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 03:43 PM
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13. Me too.
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nyc 4 Biden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 01:30 PM
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11. i'm looking at this poem thumbtacked to my corkboard at my desk now.
one of my favorites.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 03:04 PM
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12. Whenever I have a very long day ahead
I think of those lines: "but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep"
A bit literal, yeah, but it inevitably pops into my head
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DerekG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 06:57 PM
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14. It helps sustain me through depression
n/t
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