Chatterbox: Inkwell



Okay, I started one a long time ago, but that one died, and then I started yet another one, and THAT ONE DISAPPEARED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This time, I am confident my thread will not disappear or die.

So here's how it'll go. If you join, you'll vote between these random three poets: Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, or Emily Dickinson. You must vote for ONE OF THESE, though you may, ALONG WITH YOUR VOTE, suggest nominees for the next time we vote (which wont be too far away).

If you dont know any of these poets, just vote for a random one or go with the majority. 

Once we have voted for a poet, I will present some of their poems and discuss them a and explore their meaning, and at some point, I'll give you a prompt related to the poem, and we may write our own poetry inspired by the poems.

Oh, and can we have someone to be a "Word Wizard" and look up words you thinkwe wont know.

I cant wait to start!

I vote for........R-no, I vote for Edgar Allen Poe! 

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 11, 2015 - 5:32 pm)
Um...Robert Frost. I nominate for next time Jack Prelutsky and Lewis Carroll.
submitted by Sydney C., age 12, Here and There
(July 11, 2015 - 6:24 pm)

Robert Frost. I nominate Mary Oliver :):)

submitted by Rose bud
(July 11, 2015 - 7:51 pm)

Hmmmm, Mary Oliver, I've never heard of her....

Okay, I looked her up just now, and her poetry is good and would make for excellent discussion. Let's just say there's a high probabability she will be a nominee for the next vote. wink, wink.

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 12, 2015 - 9:04 am)

Edgar Allan Poe. I am not a fan of Robert Frost, and I think Emily Dickinson should be studied in psychology, not literature. 

submitted by Somebody , age Who cares, Various placws
(July 12, 2015 - 10:22 am)

I join!

I'm so glad you started this up again because the other one died.

I vote for Frost.

Can I be the vocabulary person? I know this sounds weird, but I LOVE looking up words. I'm a dictionary fanatic! 


submitted by Hermione, age 11, Hogwarts
(July 12, 2015 - 8:52 am)

@Hermione: Sure you can be the vocab person. 

i actually didn't think anyone was going to volunteer for Word Wizard, so I was going to take that part off, but then you volunteered, so now I don't have to. 

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 12, 2015 - 8:54 am)

Ok, I forgot to mention this, but we will start once we have five people, including me. So we need only one more person!

You can join at any time, even after we've got five people. The maximum is thirteen people.



In terms of the poet vote, so far Robert Frost is in the lead.

Oh, and you please don't change your vote. That just makes things confusing. 

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 12, 2015 - 9:00 am)

Emily Dickinson. I nominate Shel Silverstien. Becasue he may not be an exact poet, but they have strange and curious meanings.

submitted by Buggy
(July 12, 2015 - 3:28 pm)

So... what exactly will we be doing?

submitted by Rose bud
(July 13, 2015 - 9:54 am)

Also, can we post our own poems? We should make a schedule... for example:


Robert Frost~

-Discuss poems

-Analyze meaning and vocab

-Discuss what we would have done or changed had we written the poems.

-Owlgirl posts prompts/we disscus prompts

-we post our prompt-inspired poems

-Discuss our poetry and our writing techniques in comparison to Robert Frost's


Mary Oliver

-Discuss poems

-etc etc...


This is just a suggestion! Please consider it or something like it. 


submitted by Rose bud
(July 13, 2015 - 9:59 am)

@Rosebud: yes you can post you own poems, though if thats ok with you guys, I'll post the very first one. And I like you schedule idea. I'm glad you joined. The club sure could use some creative thinkers like you!

And just to keep things straight, we have six people: me (Owlgirl AKA Elena O.), Hermione, Rose bud, Somebody, Buggy, adn Sydney C.


Okay, the votes are in. Remember, you can always join this club at any time, unless we have thirteen people, the you can give me at least 6 reasons I should let you in. 

The votes:

Edgar Allen Poe: 2 votes (aww....)

Emily Dickinson: 1 vote

Robert Frost: 3 votes

ROBERT FROST WINS THE FIRST VOTE!!!!!!!! I am actually sort of excited, even though I voted for Poe. I dont know that much about Frost, so this will be really interesting for me. 


Robert Frost: schedule for poems:

1. share the poem. (READ)

2. Word Wizard, look up our words. (DEFINE)

3. Discuss the poem, its meaning, its feeling, how we would have changed it, whatever you want to discuss about it! (DISCUSS) 

4. I give prompts, we discuss it and write our own poems. (WRITE)

5. discuss each others poems, comoare it, etc. (WRITE)


I'll call it the RDDW, read, define, discuss, write.

I will post the first poem in a minute. 

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 13, 2015 - 11:19 am)
The Road Not Taken 
by Robert Frost 
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 13, 2015 - 11:20 am)

Yay! I shall begin reading! Hermione, you will be posting the vocab, correct? This is great Owlgirl! So happy you organized this!

submitted by Rose bud
(July 13, 2015 - 12:52 pm)

Words to Know:

DIVERGE- to split or seperate; to go in a different direction

UNDERGROWTH- a dense growth of shrubs and other plants, usually in a forest

TRODDEN- walked on

HENCE- in the future 


These are the definitions in this poem. 

submitted by Hermione, age 11, Hogwarts
(July 13, 2015 - 7:36 pm)
The first thing I want to point out is something a lot of people misunderstand about this poem: Both roads were equally trodden on. Frost did not, in reality, take the one less travelled by. 
Now you may argue and say, “But it says at the end of the poem, ‘I took the one less travelled by.’”
Note what comes before that: “I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence:” Meaning, when he tells this story many years into the future, he will say he took the one less travelled by, even though that’s not what happened. Because the poem says:
“Though as for the passing there/Had worn them really about the same/And both that morning equally lay.”
I know, it’s hard to get your mind around that idea. I myself had to read the poem five times before I realized this!
submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 15, 2015 - 9:55 am)