There was a time when English teachers taught
their students if they sang the poetry
of Robert Frost they’d get the meter right.
They only had to listen to the song
“Hernando’s Hideaway” and sing along,
“Who’s woods these are I think I know.”
Of course they had to play the song
and know the musical, Pajama Game,
but it was fun, at least the teachers thought
that it was fun reciting poetry
as if it was “Hernando’s Hideaway.”
“Who’s woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though.”
The problem is the rhythm’s screwed
when singing to a four beat line
pretending it’s “Hernando’s Hideaway.”
It works for counting syllables
but wrecked the meter, rhythm of the lines.
But no one cares for meter any more
and teachers are too young to know
the music of “Hernando’s Hideaway.”