Went downstairs to fetch this today, thought I might flip through it a bit as I worked through Frost's poetry this year. Was surprised to find that I'd apparently used it quite a bit over half a century ago, must have been one of the two semesters I was an English major in college. Quiet a bit of underlining, notes etc seemingly in my handwriting. Of course something like this is overkill for most poetry reade He has not completed poems to make his books but has made his books from completed poems.
History[ edit ] Frost spent the years to in England, where among his acquaintances was the writer Edward Thomas.
Thomas and Frost became close friends and took many walks together. Thomas took the poem seriously and personally, and it may have been significant in Thomas' decision to enlist in World War I.
Thomas was killed two years later in the Battle of Arras. It reads naturally or conversationally, and begins as a kind of photographic depiction of a quiet moment in woods.
It consists of four stanzas of 5 lines each. The meter is basically iambic tetrameterwith each line having four two-syllable feet.
Though in almost every line, in different positions, an iamb is replaced with an anapest. The variation of the rhythm gives naturalness, a feeling of thought occurring spontaneously, and it also affects the reader's sense of expectation.
Some have said that it is one of his most misunderstood poems, claiming that it is not simply a poem that champions the idea of "following your own path", but that the poem, they suggest, expresses some irony regarding that idea.
In Frost's words, Thomas was "a person who, whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn't go the other".Homage to Robert Frost [Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott] on attheheels.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Three of our generation's greatest poets explore the misconceptions and mythologies that surround Robert Frost.
Although remembered now for his elegantly argued critical essays, Matthew Arnold () began his career as a poet, winning early recognition as a student at the Rugby School where his father, Thomas Arnold, had earned national acclaim as a strict and innovative headmaster.
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A symposium of sensitive and thoughtful criticism written about the poetry of Robert Frost. Ranging from high praise to severe judgment, eleven critical writings indicate the conflicts of opinion which have gathered around this major poet.
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