Sometimes, a poetic sketch contains within it the rudimentary structure upon which the final composition can be hung; sometimes, it is the beginning of an idea that evolves into a work bearing no resemblance to the first form. The latter is the case with “O, How Free is the Wind!”.
Reviewing my original lines from two years ago, I found they were nothing more than an enthusiastic translation of the Deutscher-Madison lyrics; therefore, I am engineering the poem anew by using as my starting point the three elements of the sketch that I consider salvageable:
- the working title (“O, How Free is the Wind!”, which I shall use as a refrain),
- the subject (the wind, which will be the focus of the poem) and
- the theme (the characteristics of the wind, its effects about and above us).
Around these then I am constructing a new draft which already shows great promise!