Recently the sophomore antiquities class took a break from epic tales of myths and monsters to study and enjoy some modern poetry. They were tasked with inserting a stanza of their own into another poem. The students then had fun reading and trying to guess at each other’s poems. Here are some of the top entries from each class. They fooled nearly all of their classmates. Can you spot the added stanza? (Answers are at the very end.)
By Anonymous (and Hannah Jones)
When the ride is rough without a saddle,
When you’re up a creek, but lost your paddle,
When the skies are cloudy and no longer blue,
And you don’t have any idea what to do,
Put on your boots and march ahead–
Blaze a brand new trail instead.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
Whe he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
By Percy Bysshe Shelley (and Camilla Lemons)
I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
By Pablo Neruda (and Abby Poore)
I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.
My hate for you changes like the seasons;
Slow but quick and never ending.
How much longer will I be in this perpetual state of affection;
And the lurking feeling of hate?
I love you only because it’s you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.
Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.
By Lang Leave (and Ashley Caroline Self)
Tell me if you ever cared
if a single thought
for me was spared.
Tell me when you lied in bed,
do you think of something
I once said.
Tell me if you hurt at all,
when someone says
my name with yours.
Tell me if you remember the day
when you said, “I love you”
and promised to say.
It may have been long ago,
but I would give
the world to know.
Don’t Quit (the first stanza)
Time Long Past (the first stanza)
I Do Not Love You (second stanza)
Tell Me (the fourth stanza)