Rewriting Famous Literature

By Bhalachandra Sahaj

A great thing to do to get inspired and to create content is to rewrite classics. Whether it be a poem, essay, article, or novel, rewriting can be beneficial to your improvement in writing and to your cultural understanding.

Here is an example of me rewriting a famous poem from Robert Frost. First I give the original, and then there is my rewrite in my own style:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

My version:

You can’t know the woods by thinking.
Even a house in a village is unthinkable.
Do not stop here
to watch the snow fill up rooms.
The horse does not think much
only when it is in a farmhouse
between the woods and a frozen lake
on an evening marked by visible breath.

His harness is a snake
sometimes with poison.
The only thing she hears
is the lack of snow.
The woods are not lovely enough
to leave condolences behind,
and forgiveness is only a trick
and forgiveness is only a trick.


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