Welcome to a poetic week!
I’ve chosen two short pieces of iconic poetry, which are given below. However, your task is not necessarily to write a poem. You can choose any one line out of the seven given here, and use it as the first line for your piece. You can choose to end the piece with another line, but it is not a compulsion.
I look forward to see where the lines take you.
“For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons;
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
Source: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot
“Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.”
Source: “Dirge Without Music” by Edna St. Vincent Millay:
Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
This life leads to this goal all along
There are distractions aplenty on the way
So think they have beaten death at its game
But little they know the tricks being played
On them by this obscure reality of living
I have seen the end in my mind’s eyes
Seen all the forms this betrayer takes
For I have known them all already, known them all