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It s not that I have a favourite Robert Frost poem he s not that kind of fellow Yes, there are many quotable quotes that people bandy about but again, he s not that kind of fellow I dip into this collection again and again, when I want the world to slow down a little, and I just want to dream away a few hours, an afternoon These are especially good on snowy, blustery, mid winter afternoons when there is nothing to do, and nowhere to go And in the evening, you stop by a wood, lovely It s not that I have a favourite Robert Frost poem he s not that kind of fellow Yes, there are many quotable quotes that people bandy about but again, he s not that kind of fellow I dip into this collection again and again, when I want the world to slow down a little, and I just want to dream away a few hours, an afternoon These are especially good on snowy, blustery, mid winter afternoons when there is nothing to do, and nowhere to go And in the evening, you stop by a wood, lovely, dark, and deep He s the kind of fellow with whom you could have had long, interesting conversations, whether or not the discourse took you anywhere on that particular day but to never make the mistake, in that conversation, of confusing his simplicity of language with simplicity of thought for he isthan a considerable speck in the universe and he has allowed me to take many roads, in my mind, not taken in the physical world This is a well thumbed, well loved collection Robert Frost wrote some stunning and thought provoking poems Almost everyone has heard of Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening or The Road Not Taken , but one of my all time favorites is Desert Places The last verse They cannot scare me with their empty spacesBetween stars on stars where no human race is.I have it in me so much nearer homeTo scare myself with my own desert places. I m currently working my way through this book, which is the standard edition of his collected poetry Should be done some time in 2018 2019 never Frost in 1941I m abandoning my reading of Frost s poetry Too many other books to get read.Having gotten up through A Witness Tree I m guessing that I ve probably read most of his poems that are still remembered It was a great journey, I found out a lot about Frost and the surprising poetry that he wrote through most of his long life A very modern p I m currently working my way through this book, which is the standard edition of his collected poetry Should be done some time in 2018 2019 never Frost in 1941I m abandoning my reading of Frost s poetry Too many other books to get read.Having gotten up through A Witness Tree I m guessing that I ve probably read most of his poems that are still remembered It was a great journey, I found out a lot about Frost and the surprising poetry that he wrote through most of his long life A very modern poet, even though in the end I get the impression that he is properly classified as a quite regional poet, one who in much of his work writes of people and attitudes that are found in American New England that area northeast of New York and evenspecifically north of Boston Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and the northern edge of Massachusetts Below are the nine collections of poetry the book contains, the year the collection was published, and links to separate reviews of the collections, for those I ve read and reviewed These reviews will primarily be comprised of quotations of some of the poems I enjoyed most, with perhaps some additional comments 1 A Boy s Will, 1913 review 2 North of Boston, 1914 review 3 Mountain Interval, 1916 review 4 New Hampshire, 1924 review 5 West Running Brook, 1929 review 6 A Further Range, 1936 review 7 A Witness Tree, 1942 review not yet written.and the unread 8 Steeple Bush, 1947 9 In the Clearing, 1962Plus two plays Frost wrote 10 A Masque of Reason, 1945 11 A Masque of Mercy, 1947Finally not in the book , I ve reviewed the following Robert Frost A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by James M Cox See the link for Previous library review below Previous review Basil Street BluesNext review North of BostonOlder review Understanding PowerPrevious library review Robert Frost critical reviewsNext library review A Boy s Will see above I was intrigued to learn that Frost and Edward Thomas had met and spent time together in England before the first world war following on from a review of some of Frost s poetry by Thomas I feel both that in some way that the two of these people are now coming together in my understanding is a sign both of the deficiencies in my education and that luckily there is everto discover about the world I believeThe Road not takenwas inspired by some of the walks the two went on and that Fro I was intrigued to learn that Frost and Edward Thomas had met and spent time together in England before the first world war following on from a review of some of Frost s poetry by Thomas I feel both that in some way that the two of these people are now coming together in my understanding is a sign both of the deficiencies in my education and that luckily there is everto discover about the world I believeThe Road not takenwas inspired by some of the walks the two went on and that Frost encouraged Thomas to write and publish his own poetry too There is something unnerving about that connection for me, perhaps just the sense of how long Frost s adult life was since he was also performing at the inauguration view spoiler there s a lovely Roman word carrying the ideology of an alien world into modern times hide spoiler of J.F Kennedy.I recall a verse about almost being carried off by an eagle as a child which has then that reoccurring theme in poetry of the writer s self identity as poet, but also their own place in their culture Frost not becoming Ganymede stands in relation to Petrarch and his Laura evoking the laurel which crowns the poet s brow as symbol of the Muse s victory.Although the volume, no doubt cheaply acquired, stands on the shelf I doubt I ll become deeply acquainted with it Poetry for me has the feel of hard work to it, I am a lazy reader, disinclined to break my head over ambiguous phrasing and elusive meaning The only comprehensive gathering of Frost s published poetry, this affordable volume offers the entire contents of his eleven books of verse, from A Boy s Willto In the ClearingFrost scholar Lathem, who was also a close friend of the four time Pulitzer Prize winner, scrupulously annotated theplus poems in this collection, which has been the standard e Lovely poems Frost isn t a favorite poet of mine, but he s definitely memorable and brilliant. Spent my morning with these trying to find RF s critical assessment of fame, how his neighbors come last to recognize him Turns out, it s not in the Complete, since he was elected Poet Laureate of Vermont where he d moved from N.H forty years before in 1961, at age 85 Year after he recited from memory at JFK s Inauguration Wryly, Frost responds On Being Chosen Poet of Vermont, Breathes there a bard who isn t moved When he finds his verse is understood By his country and his neighborhoo Spent my morning with these trying to find RF s critical assessment of fame, how his neighbors come last to recognize him Turns out, it s not in the Complete, since he was elected Poet Laureate of Vermont where he d moved from N.H forty years before in 1961, at age 85 Year after he recited from memory at JFK s Inauguration Wryly, Frost responds On Being Chosen Poet of Vermont, Breathes there a bard who isn t moved When he finds his verse is understood By his country and his neighborhood And that IS the order, friends The Country will recognize you before your neighbors do, especially yankees, mebbe I found this stunning, despite almost five decades of familiarity, many of them teaching certain poems like Home Burial and A Servant to Servants, and of course property feeling in Stopping by Woods , as well as the role of Edward Thomas and England in the universally misunderstood and admired Road not Taken, with the most famous aposiopesis in English and American lit, and I I took My perusal this morning suggested I had neglected a dozen bird poems I should have noted in my Birdtalk , like Never again would Birds Sounds be the Same, Directive about the Phoebes weeping to those not versed in country things, Minor Bird possibly about Titmouses or Phoebes, and others Then, for this Amtrak rider, Boston to Colorado six times, some poems start from trains, A Passing Glimpse, Figure in the Doorway, and On the Heart s Beginning to Cloud the Mind One, a train in Utah And several on wells, from the prolog Pasture to For Once, then, Something And even old shoes, A Record Stride In my childhood good fortune, I lived on my grandparents Crockett Ridge, Maine, farm, with a board covered spring fed well, complete with frog, in the pasture across the dirt road now named Ralph Richardson after my Gramp Because it was covered, never did have to clean it, I m going out to clean the pasture spring I ll only stop to rake the leaves away, And stay to watch the water clear, I may I won t be gone long You come, too I m going out to fetch the little calf Who s standing by its mother It s so young It totters when she licks it with her tongue I won t be gone long You come, too I never fetched the calf separate from its mother, Polly, whom I lead with a stick, never to hit, but to slow her under her neck Polly calved every year, and my grandfather, a butcher from the town store once named for his family, would wait until we boys had left in August to veal the calf Above these subjects looms the writer s flexible, ironic, undercutting voice and tone, still uncommon in American poetry, so often elevated, sublime, the I growing as s he speaks And may I say, as a lifelong liberal, community college teacher, supporter of the American Dream and fulfillment thereof, I was amused at RF s parodic political satire mostly from the R Rep or Right His Departmental could be a satire on Hillary anthill Death s come to Jerry McCormick, Our selfless forager Jerry 372 as could A Roadside Stand be a satire on my whole political and professional life, Where they won t have to think for themselves any While greedy good doers, beneficent beasts of prey, Swarm over their lives enforcing benefits That are calculated to soothe them out of their wits 370 Frost famously conflicted with the Amherst College liberal President Meiklejohn, whose policies RF termed at the time, Micklejaundice But later in life, Frost conceded, Meiklejohn was right Well I find Frost s poetry filled with nuggets, turns of phrase, sometimes parodic turns, and especially quick changes in tone rare in any but cummings and Dickinson, who lived down the street from where Frost taught in 1919, and whose life overlapped his by eleven years Bill Pritchard s literary biography based on his Ph.D 24 years earlier is unsurpassed as a poetic reading, and it contains a photo of Frost regaling my two great, witty Amherst College teachers, Baird Shakespeare and Craig My Freshman Comp and an upperclass Seminar on Dickens and James As Chair of English, Craig taught my section of daily Freshman English One morning he asked my class, staring out the window, if any of us saw drumlins out there No one did Craig, You can t see them if you don t know the word See RF, Drumlin Woodcock Both Baird and Craig endorsed my senior honors thesis on Renaissance prosody and tone, directed by the learned and witty Richard Cody I rejoice in having had such teachers, but I do wonder at all that I have missed through decades of familiarity As Baird once wrote me of my grad subject, Andrew Marvell, his To His Coy Mistress is much better than familiarity suggests I would say, this goes for most of Frost though may I add, his neighbor down the street, of another gender, surpasses him and all but one or two poets But both ED and RF expand our New England dialect vocabulary, like aftermath for the second mowing Now the Democrats live Frostian they swept the 2018 elections in the House, because they embraced Frost, I go to school to youth to learn the Future What Fifty Said, from West Running Brook 1928 The Democrats clearly support Frost s Protestant work ethic, as in his first book, A Boy s Will, on the mower leaving Asclepias Tuberosa, wild Butterfly Weed, the only flowers for the be wildered butterfly trying to find the flowers that were there the day before Frost ends that one, Men work together, I told him from my heart, Whether they work together or apart Now Frost s original Republican sympathies would support work, even workers, whom Corporate America glories in laying off or replacing with robots, whereas arguably the managers could most benefit by robotic, computer feedback, replacement But I have not heard of a manager making the tough decision to replace him her self By the way, I have dozens of Butterfly Weed plants in my backyard beyond the mowed part of the field, where it won t grow takes a month, peaks near July 4 here in SE Massachusetts For a picture,see my Parodies Lost FB page I think it s this version I have an old copy of this book My grandma gave it to me for Christmas many years ago I love Robert Frost He s my first favorite poet and my favorite poem will always be The Road Not Taken And I, I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference RF is my reason for loving words I think. I had read some of his poems, like Mending the wall and the snowstorm , but not all of them, until now I had not realised how great and famous Frost was in his lifetime Now I understand better.I just love and admire his farmland poetry, it reminds me of so many things of my own young life in the countryside in Austria though And then he enchants with his deep human knowledge, amorous, grumpy, hopeful or disappointed He sings of trees and flowers and birds and butterflys even ants and in I had read some of his poems, like Mending the wall and the snowstorm , but not all of them, until now I had not realised how great and famous Frost was in his lifetime Now I understand better.I just love and admire his farmland poetry, it reminds me of so many things of my own young life in the countryside in Austria though And then he enchants with his deep human knowledge, amorous, grumpy, hopeful or disappointed He sings of trees and flowers and birds and butterflys even ants and insects, he knows their songs and sounds, their smell and perfumes, down to the earth, mud and dust His variety of style keeps you reading wthout relent Funny, witty, clever, direct and indirect kreepy and ghostly etc I think that many of his poems could be developed into novels, if written out, there is so much material and potential.This is one of the poetry books I will keep on my bedside table, like Emily Dickinson, Li Po, Kippling, Let me say that he is one of poets who have waken me up from my long sleep in comfortable bed of uniformity and stagnancy I used to think that being among the crowd was a safe way to live Being uniform was my template In fact, now I learn that being myself that might be being different from you all is the safest mode anytime anywhere And, I am sure that I won t be sorry for being uniquely ordinary as I am.Of course The Road Not taken is still a uniform favorite os mine since most Let me say that he is one of poets who have waken me up from my long sleep in comfortable bed of uniformity and stagnancy I used to think that being among the crowd was a safe way to live Being uniform was my template In fact, now I learn that being myself that might be being different from you all is the safest mode anytime anywhere And, I am sure that I won t be sorry for being uniquely ordinary as I am.Of course The Road Not taken is still a uniform favorite os mine since most of Frost s readers take it as their liking To me Frost is a prodigy for taking his readers into his realm of extraordinary style to present ordinary ideas.Let me share with you 3 of his poems that I believe are spellbinding.The Road Not Takenby Robert Frost 1874 1963 Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence Two roads diverged in a wood, and I I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference Stopping by Woods on a Snowy EveningWhose woods these are I think I know.His house is in the village though He will not see me stopping hereTo watch his woods fill up with snow My little horse must think it queerTo stop without a farmhouse nearBetween the woods and frozen lakeThe darkest evening of the year He gives his harness bells a shakeTo ask if there is some mistake.The only other sound s the sweepOf easy wind and downy flake The woods are lovely, dark and deep.But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep Nothing Gold Can StayNature s first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf s a flower But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay The Poetry of Robert Frost


About the Author: Robert Frost

Flinty, moody, plainspoken and deep, Robert Frost was one of America s most popular 20th century poets Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire when, at the age of 38, he sold the farm, uprooted his family and moved to England, where he devoted himself to his poetry His first two books of verse, A Boy s Will 1913 and North of Boston 1914 , were immediate successes In 1915 he returned to the United States and continued to write while living in New Hampshire and then Vermont His pastoral images of apple trees and stone fences along with his solitary, man of few words poetic voice helped define the modern image of rural New England Frost s poems include Mending Wall Good fences make good neighbors , Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know , and perhaps his most famous work, The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a wood, and I I took the one less traveled by Frost was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times in 1924, 1931, 1937 and 1943 He also served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1958 59 that position was renamed as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry or simply Poet Laureate in 1986.Frost recited his poem The Gift Outright at the 1961 inauguration of John F Kennedy Frost attended both Dartmouth College and Harvard, but did not graduate from either school Frost preferred traditional rhyme and meter in poetry his famous dismissal of free verse was, I d just as soon play tennis with the net down.


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