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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.