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"A ___ begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness": Robert Frost
Once upon a time, there was a young poet named Jack who lived in a small village nestled among the rolling hills of southern England. Jack spent most of his days dreaming up new poems, scribbling down his thoughts and feelings on paper, and trying to capture the magic of words on the page.
But one day, as Jack was out for a walk in the fields, he felt a strange sensation in his throat. It was a lump that he couldn’t shake, a sense of wrong that lingered in the air. He couldn’t put his finger on what was bothering him, but he knew that something wasn’t quite right.
As Jack walked, he pondered this feeling. He thought about home, about friends and family he’d left behind. He thought about his lost love, the one who got away. And as he thought, he realized that these were the things that were weighing on him. These were the things that were causing the lump in his throat.
And so Jack went back to his little cottage, and he sat down at his desk. And he began to write. He wrote about the homesickness he felt, the sense of wrongness that weighed him down. He wrote about his love, and the nostalgia he felt for the days that had passed.
And as he wrote, the words flowed like a river. They danced across the page, telling a story that was both sad and sweet. A few hours later, Jack put down his pen and read over his work. And he knew that he had written something special.
“This is a poem,” he said to himself. “This is what it feels like to write a poem.”
And so Jack sent his poem out into the world. And it found its way into the hearts of many readers, who felt the same homesickness and lovesickness that Jack had captured on the page. And years later, the famous poet Robert Frost would write, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” And he would be right. Because that’s exactly what it feels like to write a poem.