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The Poetry of Robert Frost [Paperback]

Robert Frost , Edward Connery Lathem
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  • Paperback: 607 pages
  • Publisher: vintage books (1988)
  • ISBN-10: 0099428296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099428299
  • ASIN: B007YTI9EO
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,720,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Road Less Traveled 29 Jun 2001
By A Customer
"It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts, The reader of good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound-that he will never get over it...The proof of a poem is not that we have never forgotten it, but we knew at sight we would never forget it."
Robert Frost
I have to admit it! When I first met Robert Frost's poetry in Freshman English class I took an immortal wound-that I will never get over it. Perhaps the then recent memory of the white haired poet who inaugurated Camelot that cold, January day conditioned me to receive the wound. Maybe Fr. Sheridan's teaching opened these poems for me. Most of all, I think that it is the words themselves which have made the poetry of Robert Frost such an important part of my life for almost 35 years.
This complete collection complemented the high school text book to which I had so often referred over the years. Here is the source of lines which I have often quoted. Many family vacations have begun with: "I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep" (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening).
When my son tries to silence his sister's singing he is reminded that "Of course there must be something wrong In wanting to silence any song" (A Minor Bird).
Here we find philosophical reflections. "Good walls make good neighbors" counters "Something there is that doesn't like a wall" (Mending Wall).
Here "The Death of a Hired Man" challenges us to reflect upon how we value and treat others while "Christmas Trees" reminds us that not all things have prices. Here we are invited to follow the road of the poet who wrote "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" (The Road Not Taken).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collectors Item 1 Feb 2014
By Jazz
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Its great to hear the man himself reading his own poetry. His voice is a little monotonous but this will become a collectors item.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book of Robert Frost's poetry 21 Sep 2013
By Elizabeth S. Wells VINE VOICE
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I kept reading and hearing quotes from Robert Frost's poetry, and just had to have a proper read for myself. This book is for anyone who love real poetry - the kind that makes you sit back with satisfaction, when you've discovered another favorite among his poems. I am so glad to have bought this, and would recommend it fully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always my favorite poet 8 Feb 1999
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'My November Guest" is Wonderful!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Poetry-Lover's Definitive Frost 28 Nov 2001
By James R. Mccall - Published on Amazon.com
Robert Frost was and is America's greatest poet. Excepting, perhaps, W. B. Yeats, he may be the greatest poet to write English in the twentieth century. (To me, it's a toss-up.) To read this volume systematically or desultorily is to become convinced of that. But Frost is, above all, accessible, so the casual reader may not appreciate the difficulty of what he does. Like much of the greatest art his looks easy, even inevitable.
All of Frost's poems are here, plus his two dramatic Masques. When this book first appeared (in 1969) it caused a furor: the editor, it was angrily asserted, presumed too much. He dared to clarify - inserting a hyphen here, excising a comma there. That furor has since died down, as people realize that he did not do away with the sacred texts (any emendation was noted), but simply performed his job as editor. He regularized spelling and the use of single and double quotes (though not Capitalization, which can legitimately be thought of as integral to the poet's expression (think of e.e. cummings!)), and corrected other obvious errors. The notes give the published variants for each poem, so if you wish you may make your own call on some of these finicky issues.
I cannot emphasize enough: BUY THE HARDCOVER! After all, you will be reading this book for the rest of your life. It is a beautifully-built volume, of an easy size and heft for use, with understated appealing typefaces and an exemplary design. Put out by Frost's long-time publisher, this is one of the few essential books of American literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 27 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
While other poets must abide our endless questioning regarding contemporary poetry, Robert Frost stands head and shoulders above the rest--free and serene and magnificent, truly the George Washington of modern American verse. Frost was honored with the Pulitzer Prize on four occasions: in 1924 for "New Hampshire;" in 1931, for "Collected Poems;" in 1937 for "A Further Range;" and in 1943 for "A Witness Tree."
Critics love Frost. The American people love Frost. The world at large loves Frost. You will love Frost, too, if you read this book. Begin with one of his most famous--and his most beautiful, "Mending Wall,"
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,/ That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,/ And makes gaps even two can pass abreast...
Never to be forgotten, of course, is that talk with the taciturn neighbor, owner of the pines beyond Frost's apple orchard, who stubbornly says, in typical New England fashion, "Good fences make good neighbors," until one day, Frost suddenly sees him,
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top/ In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed./ He moves in darkness as it seems to me,/ Not of woods only and the shade of trees./ He will not go behind his father's saying,/ And he lives having thought of it so well/ He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."
"Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," ends with words anyone of any age can relate to,
But I have promises to keep,/ And miles to go before I sleep./ And miles to go before I sleep.
"The Death of the Hired Man," with its poignancies as deep, no doubt, as the death of any salesman could ever be, inspired these beautiful lines,
Home is the place where, when you have to go there,/ They have to take you in./ I should have called it/ Something you somehow haven't to deserve.
The poems of Robert Frost possess a beauty so serene that we feel no need, no urge, to denigrate the work of other poets in order to expand Frost's praise. Despite the amazing diversity of talent that comes to mind when the names of MacLeish, Leonie Adams, Auden, Peter Viereck, Wallace Stephens, Robert Lowell, E.B. White, Karl Shapiro, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Arna Bontemps, Marianne Moore, e e cummings, Allen Tate and T.S. Eliot are mentioned, Frost does, indeed, tower above them all.
Frost has been eloquently compared to every rock and rill, every tree and shrub in his New England hills, and to almost every major figure in the New England past, including George Washingtion. He has won homage so completely and deservedly that it is as easy to think of him as a member of the Concord Group as it is to imagine Thoreau writing the opening paragraphs in the New Yorker's Talk of the Town.
Frost, though, could be cheerfully topical, as when writing "U.S. 1946 King's X,"
Having invented a new Holocaust/ And been the first with it to win a war,/ How they make haste to cry with fingers crossed/ King X's--no fair to use it anymore!
Frost saw much of the world after his birth in San Francisco in 1875, and he looks over the prospects of the entire universe in, "It Bids Pretty Fair,"
The play seems out for an almost infinite run./ Don't mind a little thing like the actors fighting./ The only thing I worry about is the sun./ We'll be all right if nothing goes wrong with the lighting.
Robert Frost is truly an American original and a world genius. There will never be another.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for the common man 20 Feb 2004
By Robert Wynkoop - Published on Amazon.com
What can I say? Robert Frost is the quintessential American poet. Quite frankly, I never have really been drawn to poetry, either it is overly sentimental, too dramatic, or tries to hard to make a statement. Frost avoids all of these pitfalls, he writes poetry for the common man.
I have to admit, I prefer the earlier works. Beautiful word pictures of an abandoned wood pile in the woods, a dirty patch of snow (or is it a piece of newspaper), and of course, a horse stopping by the woods on a snowy evening. His latter poems lack the beautiful simplicity of his earlier works, but nevertheless, they are still works of the master.
Over the years, this book has been a constant companion. Sitting in my wingback chair, I have enjoyed reading these poems again and again. As I prepared for this review I was struck how many of these poems dealt with death: The Death of the Hired Man, After Apple Picking, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, A Late Walk among them. Others are fanciful such as The Kitchen Chimney.
If you are considering taking a dive into poetry, start here. There is no better American poet than Robert Frost.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible poetry.. 1 July 2000
By Charles Pinney - Published on Amazon.com
I just recently purchased this collection of poems by Robert Frost and I must say it's incredible. This is the complete collection of his poems and for the price it can't be beat. How can you put a price on the joy and the wonderful feeling of reading Frost anyway? It's impossible.
Contained are the poems in a chronological order from Frost's first book of poetry "A Boy's Will" to his last, "In the Clearing". A total of eleven books and more than three hundred and fifty poems.
Also at the end of the book are sixty pages of bibliographical and textual notes as well as an index of first lines and titles. A quick way to find exactly the poem you're looking for.
Pick this collection up and be moved, it's that simple really. Enjoy
62 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some people take vitamins. I read a poem by Robert Frost. 4 May 2000
By R. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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If you'll buy a copy of this book and randomly read a poem a day, you'll soon find yourself saying things more colorfully and provocatively than ever before. A daily diet of Robert Frost will season your language with the unpredictable as you unconsciously begin to phrase your thoughts differently. Unusual combinations of words will appear on your tongue as you say things that have never before been said. Your friends will stop you in mid-sentence to ask, "Did you just make that up?" Your customers will more frequently nod their heads and say "I'll buy it." Your spouse will gaze into your eyes and more often be "in the mood."
Don't be a weenie. Buy the hardback. It's worth the extra few bucks.
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