As long as various forms of arts existed, it has always taken inspiration from other artists and forms of art and built on it. Outside of few unique geniuses, most artists take inspiration from others either in form, structure, theme or context to create their own unique piece, one that offers the individual perspective and emotional expression. This paper will discuss an inspiration poem and present an original poem in the discussion of the connection of influences and mediums.
The Road Not Taken
by Robert FrostTwo roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And both that morning equally lay
I shall be telling this with a sigh
The famous poem The Road Not Taken was written by the American poet Robert Frost in 1915. The draft of the poem was sent to his dear friend and great literary critic of his time, Edward Thomas, with whom Frost had spent some time on long walks. The poem was originally meant as a tease for Thomas’ indecision of choosing a path during these walks, but he took the poem seriously, later choosing to enlist in the army during World War I. Nevertheless, there is much controversy regarding the interpretation of the poem. Some see it as an idea that each person must follow and forge their own path, but others view it as an irony suggesting that no matter the path chosen, something good will always be missed on the other path (Orr, 2016).
Find Your Way
Although sometimes you may feel lost,
Because beyond every road not taken,
Make it your mission to find your way,
My poem took inspiration from Frost’s poem regarding the choice of one’s path. For me, it seems for my generation in the modern world, the choices are much less clear and there is ambiguity. For many, like myself, there is an inherent feeling of being lost, but there is no other choice but to find your meaning in life in order to achieve something. The poem is more of a reflection on how in this state, almost as being asleep, we may be missing out on a lot, so we should strive to find the way and hope that fate does not let us down.
The thematic connection between these two poems is its messaging centering around choosing a path in life. Given that life consists of choices and decisions which lead on to the next, it is important to make the right choices at the right time, not standing idly by. The two poems share structure, of distinct blocks of lines to express an idea, with my poem utilizing quatrains, but Frost adding a 5th line. Rhyming is employed a stylistic element, with Frost using rhyming each two lines outside the 5th line of each block, while I used a rhyming scheme of every other line. The poems differ in their substance and approach to the subject. Frost creates a metaphor which lasts through out the poem, as well as using rich descriptive language. My poem is more direct, inserting metaphors but speaking to the audience directly. It takes on a more emotional form in the lines rather than abstract.
The medium used in both is the same as narrative poems. Medium in art can refer to both, completely different forms, such as a film and poem, but also within the same form – such as a painting and 3-dimensional drawing on the floor. Medium significantly influences perception which is conditioned by the context from which the observation and evaluation of the art are made. Perception has a “creative and expressive dimension which is manifested in art” (Anapur). Therefore, a visual medium is directly influencing the experience. For example, a visual media will appeal to the senses and create immersion. Meanwhile, written mediums the likes of a poem require thought and imagination in which the reader interprets the meaning.
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Orr, D. (2016). You’re probably misreading Robert Frost’s most famous poem. Web.