Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #8- Dr. Seuss VERSUS Robert Frost

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Dr. Seuss Vs. C.S. Lewis), with a final score of 15-14, was Dr. Seuss.

As you may or may not have noticed, I've normally withheld my vote. However, I've reserved the right to cast my vote in the unlikely event of a tie. So, with apologies to the C.S. Lewis fans, at 14 votes apiece, I had to go with Seuss. While I absolutely loved The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a child, the rest of the Narnia Chronicles still sit on my shelf, unread to this day. And while I do hope to get to them (and some of his other books) eventually, I can't in fairness, vote for an author I've barely read. I have however, read a lot of Seuss and remember loving his books as a child as well. I should add the disclaimer that Seuss is NOT my favourite children's author.

But Seuss won't have to worry about who that is this week. Instead, I'm going to break out of the kid's lit for the time being and pit him against Robert Frost.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (August 7th), and please spread the word!

Who's better?


Rob Hardy said...

Who gets my vote I think I know—
This is not his poem, though.
I voted for him twice before,
A week, and then two weeks ago.
I think I’ll have to vote once
Although I may be called a bore,
For Seuss—this is the choice I
And Seuss is who I’m voting for.
Other heads may nod or shake
And think I’ve made a big mistake
I may be called a bleeping bleep,
But that’s a chance I’ll have to
Put all Frost’s poems in a heap—
There’s very few I’d like to keep,
Or read aloud before I sleep,
Or read aloud before I sleep.

Anonymous said...

I like Dr. Seuss, so I could almost forgive him for dethroning Jane Austen, if he had not knocked off C. S. Lewis as well.

My vote is for Robert Frost.

Dewey said...

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one the bleeping bleep didn't travel on!

(In case you just woke up, that means I vote for Frost.)

Coley said...

Dewey, you stole my line!

No, seriously, I love Seuss, but I have to vote for Frost. "Nothing Gold Can Stay" was the first poem I ever analyzed. "The Road Not Taken" is one I have quoted again and again. His works hold great wonder for me.

Yes, my vote must be for Frost!

John Mutford said...

Just to avoid confusion, "John" and I aren't one and the same. I usually add "Mutford" to my signature.

kookie said...

Blew coffee out of my nose when I got to the end of Rob's poem. Thanks a lot, Rob.

I'd forgotten, until I read Nicole's comment how much I do like Frost, but my heart lies with Seuss.

Seuss me again, John.

Anonymous said...

This is definitely not Dewey trying to cast a second vote for Frost. Not at all. This is an entirely separate person. Voting for Frost.

Kelly said...

Hmmm...I guess Frost.

Wendy said...

Dew, you quoted my favorite poem by's the way I've lived my life!! As much as I love Seuss...this week my vote goes to Frost since he is my favorite poet of all time.

Bybee said...

I have to go with Robert Frost this time. Sorry, Dr. Seuss -- I still love you...

raidergirl3 said...

I am surprising myself, because I thought I'd vote for Seuss, but as I thought about it, Frost is so good. I vote for Rob Frost.

Anonymous said...

Robert Frost for me.
I love Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (and Rob's version of it is pretty special, too), but there's also the JFK connection (Oh, for that time when I was young and idealistic!)

Poodlerat said...

I have to go with Frost. Seuss is one of my favourite children's authors, but he doesn't speak to me like Frost does now that I've grown up. I still love you though, Dr. Seuss!

For me, this is the hardest compare yet.

Chris said...

Seuss is fun but for 'deep thoughts' I got to go with Frost.

Allison said...

Oh, how sad CS Lewis did not win. He wrote much more than the Narnia series, I think people forget that.

My vote goes to Robert Frost. As I've read hardly any Dr. Seuss.

Gentle Reader said...

rob hardy--love the poem!

I am voting for Frost, however. But I love Seuss, so it pains me to do so. But it pained me last week, too.

This is a tough compare. John, keep 'em coming!

Dr J said...

A touch of Frost, says I. But God, Darwin or Ray Charles help me, if I hear another fool de-quote that line about good fences making good neighbours, I'll have to rustic psycho on said fool's arse.

BTW, read "Directive." Terrific poem.

Dr J said...

Er, that should be "have to go rustic psycho...." That'll teach me not to preview.

Anonymous said...

Here I am, a little late again. But c'mon, no questions, Robert Frost writes rings around Seuss.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well somebody has to vite for the underdog here. Suess, it is!

Stephanie said...

I've never been a big poetry fan. EXCEPT for Frost! Looks like he is the man this week!

CJ said...

I knew there was something I forgot to do yesterday!

Frost's poems are so depressing.

I'll go with Seuss because I like seeing smiling, happy children more than I like contemplating the deep, dark thoughts the Frost evokes.

Man, I hope that makes sense.


Sam said...

It's Frost for me this time around. I still can't forgive the good doctor for knocking off two of my favorite authors.

BookGal said...

I have to go with Frost as well. He made me read poetry. I teach first grade and (sorry to say) can't stand to read Dr. Seuss aloud. I get parents to come in and do it for me.

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Anonymous said...

Suess, because I'm more familiar with his work.

Anonymous said...

Reading some Frost aloud before sleep could be quite conducive.

But I love him! My vote is for Frost over silly Dr. Seuss.

Rob Hardy said...

I'm a little irritated with Robert Frost, or rather, the Robert Frost Estate. The composer Eric Whitacre composed an absolutely breathtaking a capella choral setting of "Stopping in Woods on a Snowy Evening." The Robert Frost Estate so tightly controls the use of the poems that legal action was taken against Whitacre for setting the poem to music. So, while I do love Frost's poems, I find the exclusive branding of his work a little troubling.

Vic said...

Robert Frost, if you please.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.