Famous Starts with Humble Endings

Famous Starts is a creativity game wherein I choose the first line of famous poems, but fill in the next line with my own attempts. The trick is to not read the original until after you’ve written your own humble ending.

It’s March, and we may not be in Chicago, but oh how the wind doth blow…

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being,

-Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being,
Fill my existence with Winter’s sharp dreaming

My life summed up in a lesson – I need to focus more on the set-up, rather than jumping right to the action. I kinda like my humble ending, though!

They sing their dearest songs –

-Thomas Hardy, During Wind and Rain

They sing their dearest songs –
And dance with wine-drunk friends
While the leaves unfurl in the wind
And April makes the world green again.

I’m working on four-line poems this week. Without knowing the structure of the original, I figured this was a good chance to give it a shot. I’m told a quatrain is like a table, three lines of presentation and one of “setting the thing down”. For something involving dancing and wind, it feels a bit dull.

I don’t care for the original of this one. Just sayin’…, just because it’s famous or by a well-established, hallowed poet doesn’t mean I have to like it. Right?

So, how did yours turn out? You did play along, I hope. Feel free to share in the comments!

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