Wednesday, April 8, 2009

the road not taken

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
Robert Frost(1874-1963) poet, educator

april is national poetry month, to honor the month, more poets and poems will be appearing on the mouse this month. I wonder why april was selected as the month to celebrate poets and poetry? is it the bursting forth of spring? or the mercurial nature of the the month?

while looking up the dates for robert frost, I ran across two interesting bits of trivia (well, I ran across a lot more, but two is all I'll do for you this morning). in the 1920s, frost taught at the university of michigan, the house he lived in while in ann arbor is now situated at the henry ford museum in detroit. I have been wanting to visit the henry ford museum for quite some time, the fact that the museum is home to the frost house, and also home to this house, has catapulted the museum to the top of my list for a destination this summer. (well, to be completely honest, the real reason detroit on my list as a sooner vs later destination, is to go to this exhibit). oh, back to the frost trivia - the other interesting bit is frost's epitaph, it reads, "I had a lover's quarrel with the world." don't you just love it.

bonus bit of frost trivia. I attended robert frost middle school in fairfax virginia. pretty cool, eh?

a virtual movie done by jim clark of frost reading his classic the road not taken. jim clark is a london videographer and sound recordist who has done a large number of these virtual movies, I think they are pretty far out. you can see more of jim's work on youtube.

photo: taken during a walk in my hood, 7 april 2009


Steve Reed said...

I did a poster project in the tenth grade on Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." I've always liked Robert Frost. He's accessible and he has a beautiful sense of language.

That Star Trek exhibit looks AMAZING! I may make a Detroit trek myself to hit that one!

Tess Kincaid said...

"Far out" is right! It's actually a bit haunting to see and hear him quote this famous poem.

R.L. Bourges said...

'a lover's quarrel with the world' - I love it indeed. All those vids look pretty cool.

Of course, I had to check out what Dymaxion meant - a portmanteau word made up of Dynamic, Maximum and Tension. Now, we know.

Star Trek - if you beam me up to Detroit, I'll beam you up to Toulouse, next time there's something interesting on. Deal?

wv: fangl (as in new?)

Avid Reader said...

your neighborhood looks good, and the fairy dusting of snow makes it even prettier. NOW spring will come for certain.

Candie said...

It's true that some of you have snow;Crazy.But it makes a real beautiful picture though.

tut-tut said...

I love Frost's work. Nice wintry capture of those flakes.

Dot-Com said...

Very cool clip - enjoyed listening to that :-)

California Girl said...

Yes I do and I love Frost too.

I included this poem in a post entitled "Looking Backward".

Baino said...

Love the 'frosting' on your photograph! Actually, I'm not a lover of poetry which is strange because so many blogs I visit and enjoy feature quite a bit of it. . .perhaps I'll become a convert over time. Although Frost was always on the High School curriculum and the Road Less Travelled one I loved.

Roy said...

Huh! I didn't realize the Ford people had snagged the Dymaxion House. For some reason my brain kept telling me the Smithsonian had it. Unless it's Bucky's 3-wheeled Dymaxion car that the Smithsonian has. In any event, that makes a trip to Detroit worth the effort, Star Trek convention or not!

Nancy said...

That was haunting. Wow.

Unknown said...

I believe those lead off lines are from "Two Tramps in Mud Time" aren't they? Frost was a very good reader; his voice had a great timbre, & he was able to bring a nice musicality to the words. Not all poets are good readers-- to my ear neither William Carlos Williams or Wallace Stevens really distinguished themselves when reading their work. Thanks for posting this!

ArtSparker said...

That is quite an eerie effect.

I hear tell April is the cruellest month of all.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

steve - we don't have firm plans yet for detroit, so if you do decide to go, let me know! hey maybe you'll want to do a cleveland-detroit trip!

willow = haunting but neat....

rlb - I've been waiting for the beam me up technology since james kirk came on the scene!! if only!!

ar - today, I'm happy to report was brilliant and snowfree!

candi -that was yesterday, and today fortunately was today! blue, clear and warmer!

tut! to quote eve dallas, frosty!

dot-com -sweet!

calif grl - great minds ;)

baino - some loves come late in life.....

roy - ditto to what I said 2 steve

lover -yeah

john - thought of you when i decided 2 feature frost

spark - ts was spot on - I wonder if he ever lived in cleveland...tee hee

Megan said...

one of the few poems I have memorized is one of Frost's...

lettuce said...

i didn't know this particular snippet of frost - how apt!

lettuce said...

(PS would LOVE to go to the exhibit with you. Tho i don't think M would forgive me for going without him)

Coffee Messiah said...

When I heard this poem way back when in school, I knew the World wasn't what I was experiencing.

It is one "thing" that helped make me who I am, for better or for worse ; )

Merle Sneed said...

I try never to second-guess myself, but if I had my life to live again, I would take the road less traveled.