By Sally Clawson
It's National Poetry Month - the perfect time to confess my profound love of poetry. Its language and imagery reinforces in me a sense of belonging amidst our differences, and its rhythm and dynamic phrasing explode my mind with fresh voices and new perspectives.
In celebration of “the oldest form of readable and understandable human language”, and to continue to encourage actor's engagement with poetry, I am sharing the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler,
long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Among the goals of Poetry Month is to read, explore, and share poetry. I chose this poem because it's a tried and true reminder that we, as voice actors, have chosen a life path that we forge on our own. Our artistic calling compels us to diverge away from a typical path, and instead, follow our passion. Our lives are forever changed because of it. Please feel free to share this poem, or one of your favorites, with your friends, family, and community. The recitation and consideration of poetry can develop our artistry in far-reaching ways for "ages and ages hence".
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