Poetry Assignment # 3: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” For this assignment, I want you to pick a poem you have read that you particularly enjoy or admire. Type up or bring a copy of the poem to class. Additionally, I want you to compose a poem of your own that is inspired by the one you have chosen. See if you can imitate the poet’s sense of style, imagery, theme, etc. If you have chosen an older poem, try to put a modern spin on it by drawing upon images and subject matter from our twenty-first century existence. Below are some examples: This is Just to Say—William Carlos Williams I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold. Student Poem This is just to say I used the last of the gas in your car you will probably be in a rush tomorrow and won’t have time to refill the tank I’m sorry but I had no money and I so detest the smell of gas on my hands Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock—Wallace Stevens The houses are haunted By white nightgowns. None are green, Or purple with green rings, Or green with yellow rings, Or yellow with blue rings. None of them are strange, With socks of lace And beaded ceintures. People are not going To dream of baboons and periwinkles. Only, here and there, an old sailor, Drunk and asleep in his boots, Catches tigers In red weather. Disenchantment at the Dance --Student Poem The dance is crowded With blue denim. There are no dresses Of shiny, red satin Or shimmering silk. No bright feathered hats No rhinestone buttons. People aren’t dancing The foxtrot or cha cha. Only, once in a while, A few underclassmen In T-shirts and jeans Clap their hands Shuffle their feet.