Neil Hester

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Location: North Carolina, United States

Friday, August 21, 2009

Another Aesop

I thought I should pop in and post a quick poem (with the accompanying fable), since it's been over a month since I've posted. I'm currently getting ready to start college- wish me luck.


The Mice in Council

Once upon a time all the mice met together in council and discussed the best means of securing themselves against the attacks of the cat. After several suggestions had been debated, a mouse of some standing and experience got up and said, "I think I have hit upon a plan which will ensure our safety in the future, provided you approve and carry it out. It is that we should fasten a bell round the neck of our enemy the cat, which will by its tinkling warn us of her approach." This proposal was warmly applauded, and it had been already decided to adopt it, when an old mouse got upon his feet and said, "I agree with you all that the plan before us is an admirable one. But may I ask who is going to bell the cat?"


The Mice in Council

"I think I have hit upon a plan
Which will keep the cat at bay.
A bell 'round its neck, if we can,
Should keep our deaths away."

With cheers, they settled on the task.
An old mouse stood. The others sat.
"The plan is fine. But may I ask
Who is going to bell the cat?"


Some might say that reworking Aesop's fables reflects a lack of creativity/originality on my part. Y'know, though, there's nothing wrong with reworking something old into something new, or stealing an idea then making it your own with some personal touches. Doing it with Aesop's Fables is particularly nice, since they're part of the public domain. Also, fables fit my style fairly well.

I'll try to keep some posts going during the school year; I might switch into a poetry analysis mode, featuring great poems by various authors and talking a bit about them. I'm also hoping to break into some of the college publications (something is better than nothing, right?). Also, happy birthday to Jess and myself. Speaking of which, it's August.

I just realized that I started this blog when I was just entering 10th grade. There's definitely a difference between my entries now and my entries then (and I'm sure things will continue to change).

Take Care,


Blogger Jessica Schneider said...

Good luck starting school! I think the rework of the fables is a good idea, gives an idea to play off of and it also serves as practice. There so well known, it is clear where the influence is coming from.

Just remember Plath stole "Daddy" from Sexton, at least the form, though her poem is great while the Sexton one is just eh.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Jessica Schneider said...

I mean they're so well known. Sorry, I'm tired.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Neil said...

I remember that post you just linked; I think I actually responded to that...

Nope, just looked, not there. Still, I distinctly remember reading Daddy in that post and using that Eliot quote later on in one of my posts.

Thanks for the well-wishes; I had my first two days of classes, and they were pretty good. I'm almost settled, though I still have a few things to take care of.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Cosmoetica said...

It's a good steal. Would that most felons wd be as productive.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Neil said...

Thanks Dan.

9:11 PM  

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