Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question: Elizabeth Barrett Browning on how many poets it takes to change a light bulb

 

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How many poets? Let me count them, please.
One brings a ladder to attain the height
So they can reach the socket for the light.
Another climbs the ladder’s rungs with ease,
Forgetting something vital. When he sees,
He asks another, “Kind sir, if you might
Hand me the light bulb over on your right?”
So: Poets changing light bulbs work in threes.

ROBERT: Your poem ought to have more lines than these.

ELIZABETH: This is no sonnet; I’m not Portuguese.

Poets answer another age-old question (How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?) 10. Gwendolyn Brooks

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

Gwendolyn Brooks

We real bright. We
Changed light. With

Great speed. Now
Let’s read.

Poets answer another age-old question: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? 9. Pablo Neruda

Poets answer another age-old question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

9. Pablo Neruda

What does the poet change the light into?

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question: How Many Poets Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? 8. William Carlos Williams

Poets answer another age-old question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

8. William Carlos Williams

I have changed
the bulbs
that were in
the streetlamp

and which
were previously
lighting
the sidewalks.

Forgive me.
I like it
so dark
and so calm.

Poets answer another age-old question: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? 7. Langston Hughes

Poets answer another age-old question:

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

Langston Hughes

Landlord, landlord,
this light bulb needs replacement.
The wiring isn’t safe, and the
fuse box is in the basement.

Poets answer another age-old question: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? 6. William Shakespeare

Poets answer another age-old question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

6. william Shakespeare

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.
Could you please change this light bulb for me, hon?

 

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question: How Many Poets Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? 4. T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound

Continuing our coverage of the question how many poets it takes to change a light bulb. This week: T.S. Eliot (with the help of Ezra Pound) gives you a bit of Ash Wednesday on Holy Tuesday..

ELIOT: Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn…
Seriously, my wrist is cramping.
POUND: Maybe drop that last line, Tom.

 

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question: How Many Poets Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? 3. Robert Frost

This month we will be addressing the question of how many poets it takes to change a light bulb. This week: Robert Frost.

FROST: My little horse must harbor doubt.
HORSE: Why change a light that isn’t out?
FROST: But if I wait for it to die
Then I can’t find a bulb–that’s why.

Poets Answer another Age-Old Question: How Many Poets Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? 2: Elizabeth Bishop

Poets Answer another Age-Old Question

How Many Poets Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

Elizabeth bishop

The art of changing isn’t hard to master
unless you lose the bulb, it ends up smashed, or
some other problem leads to light disaster.