Happy Friday!

This weekend, I’m planning on seeing a comedic play about the relationship between Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson, which made me think of doing something like this. Here’s a humorous piece that places modern-day labels on famous late poets. Enjoy!

Walt Whitman
Whitman is known to walk into places barefoot and proclaim his love for nature. Other kids call him a transcendentalist, others a realist, others a hippie. Personally, though, he despises labels. Sometimes he blurts out nonsense words, particularly “YAWP.”

Charles Bukowski
The John Bender of the millennial age, Bukowski is a smoker who has a way with the ladies. He refuses to implement correct capitalization or punctuation because he believes he is “too cool for school.”

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar is that kid who sits in the corner of the classroom listening to classical music through noise-canceling headphones. Despite how noise-canceling these headphones may be, he still swears he can hear a heart beating beneath the floorboards… Oh well.

Robert Frost
The art freak with a love for the woods. He’ll arrive at school late in the morning, trudging in from a long morning hike. He is a classic modernist, focusing on reducing human life to fragments. His sense of direction is poor, though; he always takes the road less traveled and frequently finds himself lost.

e. e cummings
Cummings is that defiant kid who does everything his way. He’ll write a bunch of poems for his significant other, but she won’t be able to understand a word of it. He takes pride in his individuality, even if it sometimes means that it takes an expert to understand his writing structure.

William Blake
An obsessive theater kid. He’ll only speak to you in verse and he idolizes Shakespeare. He regularly mumbles something about a tiger burning bright, but people rarely pay attention.

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!