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Selected Poems Hardcover – 1 Jan 1993

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Barnes Noble; First Edition edition (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156619038X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566190381
  • Package Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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If you don't know a student doing English A-levels, buy a copy for yourself. (Friends of the Dymock Poets Newsletter, issue 19) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Received wrong item! Unfortunately cannot view a book I am not able to read
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2002
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This book is fantastic, and is a great introduction to Frost's poetry. I myself am a student, and I have gained great help from this book, because of the excercises provided and because of the summaries and explanations of the poems. i am now able to "hear" the "sound of sense" that Frost refered to and i recommend this book to any beginner studying Frost's poetry for the first time.
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This is a beautiful collection of some of Frost's best-loved poetry. I love the way he explores life as something that is enigmatic and unexplainable, which is evident through this entire selection. Included are perhaps Frost's most famous poems: 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' and 'The Road Not Taken' which both consider the conflict between life and death, the choices we as individuals must make through life, and both use some fantastic imagery to suggest how this can often be a difficult and bleak process. There are also some highly personal accounts such as 'Home Burial', which is written more like a narrative, and upsettingly tells of the breakdown of a marriage when a couple's child dies. This relates to Frost's own son's death in 1900. Much of Frost's work relates to isolation in some capacity, and the individual searching for truth, trying to make sense of life. 'The Death Of The Hired Man' and 'Acquainted With The Night' are both great examples of this, focusing on how bleak and lonely life can be. Frost does also write on other aspects such as nature, farm-life, and rural America, although these often return to isolation and the discovery of one's life and inner self. While Frost often seems to ponder upon one emotion, such as resignation, monotony and life's limitations, his poetry never reaches any definitive conclusions. This is unimportant though. There mere fact that through reading Frost's poetry, his readers are exposed to such ideas and provoked into an introspective examination of one's own life is where his genius lies. A fantastic collection!
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I was desperate for a student guide to help me with my AS english exam where 30% is poetry and Frost was my named poet. I bought this and was very disappointed at first glance. However, along with the annotations I had from class and the notes that the book had I found that actually it was very useful. It varies on how much detail it has on the poems. For most it is just the one paragraph which sometimes talks about what the poem is about and on others talks about the structure of the poem. It then has a few notes to help decipher the lines of some of the poems. This is a good book to get if you know the jist of the poems but need a little push in terms of what they're about and structure and other technical devices. I wouldn't rely on it if you know nothing at all and need to have a thorough knowledge which is why I've given it only three stars. However for me it was very helpful.
The content is mostly made up of various poems of his from his various collections (OCR students, all the named poems are in there) and then like I said there's around a paragraph of notes for each poem. At the back of the book there are also some exercises such as comparisons which are also helpful.
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The good news is that my copy had 56 poems and not the 40 advertised. The bad news is that the notes and annotations which were supposed to be an integral part of the book are entirely absent! Since this was the main reason I bought this particular book it's a serious disappointment.
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There's not much more I can add as the previous reviewer summed it up perfectly. All I can say is that I'm an English teacher and this is the must have Robert Frost edition for the OCR A-level Literature exam. Decent price here too.
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Heavy underlining and margin scribbles in dark blue ink. Most pages were clear, but this ruined the book for me.
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