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How My Wife Improved Robert Frost’s Most Famous Poem

How My Wife Improved Robert Frost’s Most Famous Poem

Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2018 10:19 AM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Pricey Editors,

I discovered your publication after doing a random Google search of poetry blogs. Let me begin by saying, I am not a poet. I’ve by no means learn poetry in my life—and, if I am being trustworthy, I’ve by no means cared for it. I am a contractor, and I learn sports activities biographies. I imply, once I’m not truly watching sports activities, you understand?

However this is not about me. My spouse, Lydia (will attempt to get a bio shortly), is a shy lady, and apparently, she’s a poet too. Just lately, she informed me she determined to take up poetry. Once I requested to learn her stuff, she refused—at first. However ultimately she let up, and I gotta inform you guys, I used to be blown away by what I learn (and that is coming from a man who does not even learn poetry!). This poem is so easy and so highly effective that even guys like me can respect it. I haven’t got a single doubt in my thoughts that a poem like this might truly assist my spouse begin a poetry a profitable poetry profession.

She stated she would by no means dream of getting her stuff revealed, however I actually assume these things is so good that the world ought to hear it you realize? So I’ve included considered one of her poems right here (under) so that you guys can see what I am speaking about. It is a poem she calls “The fork in the road.” My objective is to ship these things out to as many publishers as I can discover and hopefully get a bit ebook put collectively as a shock for my gifted spouse. Let me know for those who guys have an interest.

Sincerely,
[REDACTED]

The Fork within the Street
By: Lydia [REDACTED]

Two roads diverged in a yellow wooden,
And sorry I couldn’t journey each
And be one traveler, lengthy I stood
And seemed down one so far as I might
To the place it bent within the undergrowth;

Then took the opposite, as simply as truthful,
And having maybe the higher declare,
As a result of it was grassy and needed put on;
Although as for that the passing there
Had worn them actually about the identical,

And each that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I stored the primary for an additional day!
But understanding how approach leads on to approach,
I doubted if I ought to ever come again.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Someplace ages and ages therefore:
Two roads diverged in a wooden, and I—
I took the one much less traveled by,
And that has made all of the distinction.


Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2018 11:19 AM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Pricey Kenneth,

Please observe, this can be a VERY well-known Robert Frost, poem (The Street Not Taken) , revealed circa 1916, that you’re sending us. Not an unique poem by your spouse.

Both that is really an trustworthy mistake or some type of joke. Please make sure of what you’re sending to respected literary journals, previous to this kind of submission.

Helen [REDACTED] Editor in Chief


Date: Sat, eight Jun 2018 1:24 PM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Helen,

I am extraordinarily embarrassed and enraged by this. I can guarantee you that that is NO JOKE. Simply to make clear: Are you saying that my spouse’s supposed unique poem The Fork within the Street is just too just like this Frost poem The Street Not Taken for it to be a coincidence—or are you saying she FLAT-OUT stole this poem from him and tried to move it off as her personal?

Additionally, are there any authorized implications I want to fret about? In my protection, my spouse advised me the poem was hers and I used to be solely making an attempt to do her a favor. Please advise.

My apologies for the mess my spouse has brought about,
Kenn


Date: Mon, eight Jun 2018 1:54 PM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Pricey Kenneth,

Aside from the title, it’s phrase for phrase, Robert Frost’s poem, revealed in 1916. Sure, I’m certainly saying this can be a stolen piece of labor by a particularly well-known poet. Sarcastically, certainly one of his most well-known of all time items.

Right here is the hyperlink to the Poetry Basis, some of the revered organizations and authorities on poetry in america if not the world (you’ll be able to see it’s the EXACT poem):

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173536

Additionally, do a google search of the Frost poem if you want .

So far as authorized implications, I like to recommend you withdraw any and all work you will have submitted to different journals on behalf of your spouse. Be it this specific Frost poem or any others.

Plagiarism is definitely a authorized challenge in relation to one thing of this nature. We’ll excuse this incident, however I do ask that you don’t submit your spouse’s “poetry” to us once more. So far as different journals that you could have despatched to, they should make their very own selections on find out how to deal with this.

Robert Frost is lengthy gone, i might think about his property owns rights to his works. As a poet myself I need to say that is an incorrigible offense to the artwork of poetry generally.

Good Luck with every thing.

Greatest,

Helen [REDACTED] Editor


Date: Mon, eight Jun 2018 10:59 PM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

I checked the location, and also you’re completely proper. I am speechless. All I can say is I really feel like a idiot. In my line of labor, honesty and fame are the ONLY issues that matter. My spouse has lied about a number of issues through the years—together with her faithfulness—however that is in addition to the purpose. I simply do not perceive why she would do one thing like this. Like I stated, I by no means learn poetry, so I assume I can see how she thought she’d get away with one thing like this. What I can not perceive is the WHY half.

I’ve contacted the opposite locations (just a few) I submitted “Lydia’s poem,” and I attempted to elucidate the state of affairs. I’ll confront my spouse this week about her lie, and I do not anticipate it going easily. Is there something you’d advocate I say to my spouse to drive house simply how incorrect what she did was?

Kenn


Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2018 08:13 AM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Kenneth,

We’re really sorry this has occurred to you. As to any recommendation on methods to strategy the matter, that should be as much as you, it’s too private for me to take action.

Greatest,

Helen [REDACTED] Editor


Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2018 09:21 AM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Helen,

Please name me Kenn. I spoke to my spouse concerning the “situation.” I really feel just like the least I can do is let you already know what occurred once I confronted her concerning the state of affairs.

It did not go nicely. Once I informed her I knew the poem wasn’t hers and requested why she lied to me and the way critical you informed me the entire “plagiarism” factor was, she misplaced it (like I figured she would), and began screaming about how I ought to’ve minded my very own [email protected]** enterprise, and I how I used to be a small man, and so on., and so forth. No massive deal. I am used to this kind of factor with Lydia… she’s all the time a really passionate individual. Then she informed me that she gave me that poem as a result of I might by no means perceive the poems she authored all on her personal as a result of I used to be too silly to know something that “deep and insightful.”

Lastly, she obtained into the entire stealing factor. She stated what she did wasn’t truly stealing. She stated it was like “editing” or “finishing an unfinished poem.” We argued for some time about that BS excuse, and she or he principally stated that title of the Frost poem wasn’t proper, that the poem wasn’t concerning the street the man did not take however concerning the precise fork in it. She stated having the mistaken title of poem was taking away from the message within the poem, so she fastened it. And due to that repair she was additionally an writer.

The argument ended with Lydia “trying to break it down into terms you can understand.” She informed to consider it just like the Beatles (I am an enormous fan). She requested me if I remembered that previous unreleased John Lennon music “Free as a Bird” that they discovered years in the past. Once I informed I did, she stated that Paul added a number of phrases to the unique to complete it for John as a result of he was lifeless and could not do it on his personal, and that she was principally doing the identical factor with this poem. I advised her she was out of her thoughts evaluating herself to Paul McCartney (poor phrase selection by me), and she or he stormed out. We’ve not spoken since.

Look, I understand how that sounds—and my head is telling that Lydia’s embarrassed she obtained caught and she or he’s doing every thing in her energy to trick her “dumb contractor husband” into considering she’s not truly a liar and a thief (I advised you what I considered these qualities within the final e mail.) However she was so defensive about not brazenly stealing, I really feel like she actually does not really feel like she’s completed something fallacious right here. Helen, you already know poetry, do you assume it is potential that she truly believes this “finishing an unfinished poem” enterprise—have you ever ever heard of people who write poetry doing one thing like that? Or am I simply being blind to the reality right here? I might actually hate to consider the lady I married is able to such disgusting conduct. Please let me know for those who’ve ever heard of different comparable examples of this “editing” factor or regardless of the hell Lydia is looking it — however I am afraid I in all probability already know the reply deep down.

Thanks prematurely,
Kenn


Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2018 10:34 AM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Pricey Kenn,

She stole the poem phrase for phrase. A well-known poem, a properly revealed and nicely taught poem.

There isn’t a “fixing” another person’s work. And the delusion of considering one has “fixed” it’s merely a delusion. Plagiarism is plagiarism, plain and easy, no excuse.

Altering the title to a Frost poem, as a result of one feels they’ve a “better” title and passing it off as their very own continues to be plagiarism.

Sorry in your troubles.

Greatest, Helen


Date: Solar 14 Jun 2018 09:12 AM
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Helen,

You are completely proper. I do not know what the hell she was considering. Perhaps as a result of the poem is not too well-known outdoors aspect of poetry and educational teams (I hadn’t heard it earlier than), Lydia thought she might truly get away with that. Who is aware of? However the why does not matter. Lydia is a liar and a thief (amongst different issues).

Helen, I do not need you to assume that is all of your fault (in a approach I feel speaking to you was a blessing), however I’ve determined to maneuver out—and a divorce is probably going. There have been MANY points, and this was the final straw with me. I’ve no tolerance for the lies (I can go on and on right here), and I can not be with an individual who does not worth honesty the best way I do. I doubt it should ever come to this, Helen however… if this divorce will get messy (and figuring out Lydia it in all probability will) and I have to proof what I used to be coping with, would you be prepared to testify or speak to the legal professionals or regardless of the hell you do in these conditions (by no means been divorced) about this example?

Thanks,
Kenn


Date: Solar 14 Jun 2018 four:33 PM
Topic: Re: POETRY SUBMISSION
From: [REDACTED]@gmail.com
To: [REDACTED]@hotmail.com

Pricey Kenn,

Once more, sorry on your troubles. At this level, we’re going to ask that you simply please stop all communication and get in touch with with us. We don’t want to be concerned in private lives of our submitters.

Greatest,

Helen [REDACTED]

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