"The Hireling Shepherd" by William Holman HuntA Modernization of ‘To His Coy Mistress’ and Other Poetry by Joshua C. Frank The Society June 17, 2022 Humor, Love Poems, Poetry 13 Comments . A Modernization of “To His Coy Mistress” You say we should some years delay The coming of our wedding day, But God commanded us to try To fruitful be and multiply. To make new life, we cannot shirk; The night shall come, when none can work. Just as she cannot grow more legs, A baby girl has all her eggs; In adolescence they will start To walk onstage and then depart, And monthly one by one they pass Like sand grains in an hourglass, And once the time onstage is missed, One soul for Heaven won’t exist. That we may strive to give them life, Come with me now and be my wife. . . TV Bubble I passed three houses in a row, The men like snakes charmed by the game. The windows I jogged past would show The footage on each screen the same. One picture hung in many a mind, __And here I’ve just one trouble: Since I don’t watch, I’ve been maligned __As “living in a bubble!” . . Shoulders of Giants I’m standing up high on the shoulders of giants Where I can see farther than many a man I reach down my hand to lift up some new clients They tell me they’re happy down where they began I swing to new giants and climb on their shoulders Ever ascending through year after year, Searching the heights for some fellow beholders To find me a wife and to raise children here. We’ll teach them to follow us higher and higher And see things so few eyes have gazed on before And strive all our days to pursue that desire Till we disembark on the heavenly shore! . . Joshua C. Frank works in the field of statistics and lives near Austin, Texas. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. 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CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 13 Responses Cheryl Corey June 17, 2022 All are well done. My favorite is the first poem. Reply Joshua C. Frank June 18, 2022 Thank you Cheryl, I’m glad you like them. Reply Allegra Silberstein June 17, 2022 Thank you for these poems, the first one was especially delightful bringing memories of another poem. Reply Joshua C. Frank June 18, 2022 You’re welcome, Allegra! Reply Brian Yapko June 17, 2022 All three of these are very enjoyable, Joshua. Shoulders of Giants has an interesting and effective meter which I believe is dactylic tetrameter (though I’m not sure how to categorize that initial stress. A headless iamb perhaps?) I also like that “giants/clients” rhyme. I also admire your modern take on Marvell’s poem. You present your argument in couplets but with a very different spin which brings deep purpose to the carpe diem theme. Reply Joshua C. Frank June 18, 2022 Brian, thank you so much. Having seen your poetry, I’m honored to see your compliments. In fact, it’s nice to have the encouragement from all who commented; I’m just starting to publish my work. To answer your question, “Shoulders of Giants” is actually amphibrachic (unstressed-stressed-unstressed) tetrameter, with the first and/or last unstressed syllables absent in some lines. As for the first one, I thought of it when I read Marvell’s poem and considered that there’s more to it than he was saying. Reply Cynthia Erlandson June 17, 2022 All of these are delightful! I love the thought expressed in “TV Bubble”, and the vivid imagery you used to express it. Reply Joshua C. Frank June 18, 2022 Thank you, Cynthia. “TV Bubble” is a true story. Reply Cynthia Erlandson June 18, 2022 I thought so. Susan Jarvis Bryant June 18, 2022 I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these poems, my favorite being the first. The seize-the-day-and-procreate message speaks of all today’s society opposes, which made me smile at the word ‘modernization’ – a very clever touch that frames this admirably written poem perfectly. I love the message of ‘Shoulders of Giants’ – a lesson many could learn from. Great stuff, Josh! Thank you! Reply Joshua C. Frank June 18, 2022 Susan, it’s always a delight to hear your thoughts on our poetry! You’ve articulated the points of those two poems so well. Reply C.B. Anderson June 20, 2022 All three were tightly wrought, Joshua, and I won’t play favorites. The least I can say is that you’ve got the knack and pay attention to detail. But please get yourself a wife. Reply Joshua C. Frank June 20, 2022 Thank you C.B., I’m glad you like them! 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