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)
wow, thats really insightful, Owlgirl. I never thought of it that way, but I think you're right.
This is my general summary of the poem:
So the person in this poem is walking in the woods when he comes to a fork in the road. He looks down both of them, and they were equally walked on. He randomly chooses to go down the second path. Then, he says, “Oh, I kept the first for another day/Yet knowing how way leads onto way,/I doubted if I should ever come back.” Meaning that next time he wanted to take the first path, but he knows he will probably never come to this fork again. And then many years later when he tells the story of his walk in the woods, (as Owlgirl pointed out) he will say he took the one less travelled by.
submitted by Hermione, age 11, Hogwarts
(July 15, 2015 - 10:02 am)

Why do you think Frost believed he would lie in the future about taking the one less travelled by?


Maybe because it would make himself look better. Or to teach a life lesson to other people. 

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 15, 2015 - 7:28 pm)

Maybe Frost had two ideas for this poem, one in which he took the road less travelled by, and one in which he didn't, and this is his way of comboing them?

submitted by Hermione, age 11, Texas
(July 15, 2015 - 7:30 pm)

I love Robert Frost's work! And I've heard a recording of him reading his own poetry.


In "The Road Not Taken" I think he means that life presents you with choices and you can't have it both ways. The choices you make lead you on to the rest of your life. For myself, I believe that if I had gone to a different college than the one that I did, I would not have been hired to work for Cricket and I would likely never have met any of you amazing CBers!


submitted by Admin, Cricket Country
(July 15, 2015 - 8:58 pm)

I love that thought, Admin!

The core meaning of this poem is exactly what I was about to get onto.

OK, fellow Poetry Club members, come on, let's even more deep discussion! 

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 16, 2015 - 7:43 am)

Seriously, Hermione and I are the only people discussing this poem?


Somebody, Buggy, Rose bud, where are you?


JOIN THE POETRY CLUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need more people!!!!!!!!!!!!!


submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 15, 2015 - 7:31 pm)

Maybe the paths have to do with religion?

say the path he chose was...Christianity?

And the other path with (sadly) more people were... Those other religions? 

submitted by Random person
(July 16, 2015 - 2:00 am)

Okay, here's the prompt:

Write a poem about a choice. You can write about a choice you had to make in your life. Be honest, even if you believe you made the wrong decision (like putting yourself before others). 

You can also write a fictional poem about a choice someone had to make.

OR you can write about choice itself.



I will be on vacation for the weekend. 

Discuss this prompt, write a poem from this prompt, and discuss each other's poems Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, someone can share another Frost poem, one that's not too long and will make for good discussion. You will discuss it and interpret it, and when I come back, I will do the prompt for it.
It is vital that you do this. The poetry club cannot die. I am especially counting on you Rose bud.
Owlgirl AKA Elena O. 
submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 16, 2015 - 8:03 am)

It also sort of seems like he picked the other road because it looked like it would end better, because he says he "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"
So, it seems like the path he took at least looked less overgrown and like the better path. Or at least, that's my understanding. 
submitted by Sydney C., age 12
(July 16, 2015 - 8:53 am)

Thank you for pointing that out, because I was wondering why he picked the second path.

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 16, 2015 - 6:16 pm)

Please keep this poetry club going. I'm only going to be gone for two and a half days.

I'm sure you can manage without me for two and a half days. 

submitted by Owlgirl AKA Elena O., age 11, Texas
(July 16, 2015 - 6:18 pm)

I'm here!! I have been sooooooo busy. And I've been writing Decepmyth in my spare time :) 

So... I still need to catch up, but I got this idea about the poem;

I agree with Admin, and I've always wondered what the choice was. I think that when building this poem, Frost was inspired by a walk in some woods somewhere, and while writing this poem, he began to think of the choices within his own life. Of course, I don't know, but that would probably be the way it would happen with me :)

submitted by Rose bud
(July 16, 2015 - 8:16 pm)

I'm on it! This is staying on the first page! Please share your poems once they have been written, and we will begin discussing them. 

Owlgirl, this is a great idea! I had a poetry critique group awhile back, and I tried to start a new one, but both of them are gone now. BTW, I will be writing a poem to post soon, but have not written once yet. Rough-drafts are a okay. I am sure Owlgirl wouldn't mind the rough-drafts; you gotta start somewhere!

Now I'm rambing... 

submitted by Rose bud
(July 16, 2015 - 8:20 pm)

Hey can I still join the poetry club? I think this is a great idea, I love poetry, it is SO enlightening.

submitted by Aubrey L., age 13, WA
(July 17, 2015 - 5:14 pm)

I agree! I am not in charge of this club... Owlgirl is gone for the weekend, but I don't think she'd mind if you joined. 


I'm struggling with my prompt poem... I haven't even written it yet. 

submitted by Rose bud
(July 17, 2015 - 8:00 pm)