It’s Tuesday the 20th of May, Anno Domini 2014. Having set myself a poet’s challenge, I present here my finished work. The challenge was to write a new poem based on Shakespeare’s “Fear No More the Heat of the Sun.” The rules in this challenge are simply that you must use the first line of a famous poem, and write your own poem as following from that line. Partly this is just to make sure that I keep writing and bust through my dreadful writer’s block, and partly it is to try something new to hone my skills. Also, I think it would be a lot of fun to see what other people come up with.
Without further ado:
Fear no more the heat of the sun;
Thou and I and he have done.
Thou, my kismet; I, thy fate
mute must pass to Misty Gate
up and down these steep defiles
speeding the shrouded Misty Miles.
Light can never penetrate
slowly though we try to run:
we go between the whens and whiles –
too dead for fear, too quick for sun.
Did anyone else try this? Post your results in the comments section.
The challenge for two weeks from today (June 3 2014) is to write a poem based on E. A. Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” The first line reads: “It was many and many a year ago.” That is sufficiently vague to give us a lot of play, but the implied rhythm should be fun to work with.