Robert Frost and the New England Renaissance

Robert Frost and the New England Renaissance

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  • Author: George Monteiro
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 0813182980
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 192

"A poem is best read in the light of all the other poems ever written." So said Robert Frost in instructing readers on how to achieve poetic literacy. George Monteiro's newest book follows that dictum to enhance our understanding of Frost's most valuable poems by demonstrating the ways in which they circulate among the constellations of great poems and essays of the New England Renaissance. Monteiro reads Frost's own poetry not against "all the other poems ever written" but in the light of poems and essays by his precursors, particularly Emerson, Thoreau, and Dickinson. Familiar poems such as "Mending Wall," "After Apple-Picking," "Birches," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," "The Road Not Taken," and "Mowing," as well as lesser known poems such as "The Draft Horse," "The Ax-Helve," "The Bonfire," "Dust of Snow," "A Cabin in the Clearing," "The Cocoon," and "Pod of the Milkweed," are renewed by fresh and original readings that show why and how these poems pay tribute to their distinguished sources. Frost's insistence that Emerson and Thoreau were the giants of nineteenth-century American letters is confirmed by the many poems, variously influenced, that derive from them. His attitude toward Emily Dickinson, however, was more complex and sometimes less generous. In his twenties he molded his poetry after hers. But later, after he joined the faculty of Amherst College, he found her to be less a benefactor than a competitor. Monteiro tells a two-stranded tale of attraction, imitation, and homage countered by competition, denigration, and grudging acceptance of Dickinson's greatness as a woman poet. In a daring move, he composes—out of Frost's own words and phrases—the talk on Emily Dickinson that Frost was never invited to give. In showing how Frost's work converses with that of his predecessors, Monteiro gives us a new Frost whose poetry is seen as the culmination of an intensely felt New England literary experience.


The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost

The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost

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  • Author: Robert Faggen
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521634946
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 308

A collection of specially-commissioned essays, enabling readers to explore Frost's art and thought.


Robert Frost's Poetry of Rural Life

Robert Frost's Poetry of Rural Life

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  • Author: George Monteiro
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786497890
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 192

"Wise old Vergil says in one of his Georgics, 'Praise large farms, stick to small ones,'" Robert Frost said. "Twenty acres are just about enough." Frost started out as a school teacher living the rural life of a would-be farmer, and later turned to farming full time when he bought a place of his own. After a sojourn in England where his first two books were published to critical acclaim, he returned to New England, acquired a new farm and became a rustic for much of the rest of his life. Frost claimed that all of his poetry was farm poetry. His deep admiration for Virgil's Georgics, or poems of rural life, inspired the creation of his own New England "georgics," his answer to the haughty 20th-century modernism that seemed certain to define the future of Western poetry. Like the "West-Running Brook" in his poem of the same name, Frost's poetry can be seen as an embodiment of contrariness.


The Robert Frost Encyclopedia

The Robert Frost Encyclopedia

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  • Author: Nancy Lewis Tuten
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 031329464X
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 467

Often thought of as the quintessential poet of New England, Robert Frost is one of the most widely read American poets of the 20th century. But in spite of his ties to New England, he was born in San Francisco; he published his first book of poetry in England rather than the United States; he matured as a poet during his years abroad; and upon his return to America, he sometimes taught at the University of Michigan and spent many of his winters in Florida. This reference book provides hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries on Frost's poems and illuminates the complexities of his life and writings. Entries are written by expert contributors and conclude with brief citations of additional sources of information. The volume includes a chronology and closes with a bibliography of major studies.


Robert Frost

Robert Frost

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  • Author: Jay Parini
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 1466877804
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 528

This fascinating reassessment of America's most popular and famous poet reveals a more complex and enigmatic man than many readers might expect. Jay Parini spent over twenty years interviewing friends of Robert Frost and working in the poet's archives at Dartmouth, Amherst, and elsewhere to produce this definitive and insightful biography of both the public and private man. While he depicts the various stages of Frost's colorful life, Parini also sensitively explores the poet's psyche, showing how he dealt with adversity, family tragedy, and depression. By taking the reader into the poetry itself, which he reads closely and brilliantly, Parini offers an insightful road map to Frost's remarkable world.


Robert Frost

Robert Frost

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  • Author: Harold Bloom
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • ISBN: 0791074439
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 332

A collection of critical essays discuss the works of the American poet.


Poems by Robert Frost

Poems by Robert Frost

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  • Author: Robert Frost
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101157607
  • Category : Poetry
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 160

A collection of two of Robert Frost’s most celebrated poems in their original form: A Boy’s Will and North of Boston. The publication of A Boy’s Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914) marked the debut of Robert Frost as a major talent and established him as the true poetic voice of New England. Four of his volumes would win the Pulitzer Prize before his death in 1963, and his body of work has since become an integral part of the American national heritage. This is the only edition to present these two classics in their original form. A Boy’s Will introduced readers to Frost’s unmistakable poetic voice, and in North of Boston, we find two of his most famous poems, “Mending Wall” and “The Death of the Hired Man.” With an introduction by distinguished critic and Amherst professor William H. Pritchard and an afterword by poet and critic Peter Davison, this centennial edition stands as a complete and vital introduction to the work of the quintessential modern American poet.


Bloom's how to Write about Robert Frost

Bloom's how to Write about Robert Frost

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  • Author: Michael Robert Little
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • ISBN: 1604133473
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 257

A guide to writing about the poems of the American author offers instructions for composing different types of essays and contains literary criticism for such works as "Birches," "Mending Wall," "The Road Not Taken," and "Acquainted with the Night."


Critical Companion to Robert Frost

Critical Companion to Robert Frost

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  • Author: Deirdre J. Fagan
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • ISBN: 1438108540
  • Category : Electronic books
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 465

Known for his favorite themes of New England and nature, Robert Frost may well be the most famous American poet of the 20th century. This is an encyclopedic guide to the life and works of this great American poet. It combines critical analysis with information on Frost's life, providing a one-stop resource for students.


Robert Frost and Feminine Literary Tradition

Robert Frost and Feminine Literary Tradition

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  • Author: Karen L. Kilcup
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472109678
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 376

Uncovers heretofore overlooked influences and connections in the evolution of Frost's poetry