The old dog barks backwards without getting up.
I can remember when he was a pup.
-- Robert Frost, The Span of Life
poem Frost plays with the sounds of words and
meaning. The description of the old dog is
appropriately slow and harsh whereas the pup's
description scampers along. Also, Frost seems
to be describing more than just dogs.
when I told a class that to write such a
well-crafted couplet would be a major accomplishment
in a person's life, several students wondered if
there would be much money in it. When I said
"probably not," they seemed to lose interest.