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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Robert Frost
Author:
Faggen, Robert.
Publication Information:
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xxii, 281 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction / Robert Faggen -- "Stay unassuming": the lives of Robert Frost / Donald G. Sheehy -- Frost biography and A witness tree / William Pritchard -- Frost and the questions of pastoral / Robert Faggen -- Frost and the ancient muses / Helen Bacon -- Frost as a New England poet / Lawrence Buell -- "Across spaces of the footed line": the meter and versification of Robert Frost / Timothy Steele -- Frost's poetry of metaphor / Judith Oster -- Frost and the meditative lyric / Blanford Parker -- Frost's poetics of control / Mark Richardson -- Frost's politics and the Cold War / George Monteiro -- "Synonymous with kept": Frost and economics / Guy Rotella -- Human presence in Frost's universe / John Cunningham.
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ISBN:
9780521632485

9780521634946
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Summary

Summary

This collection of specially-commissioned essays by experts in the field explores key dimensions of Robert Frost's poetry and life. Frost remains one of the most memorable and beguiling of modern poets. Writing in the tradition of Virgil, Milton, and Wordsworth, he transformed pastoral and georgic poetry both in subject matter and form. Mastering the rhythms of ordinary speech, Frost made country life the point from which to view the world and the complexities of human psychology. The essays in this volume enable readers to explore Frost's art and thought, from the controversies of his biography to his subtle reinvention of poetic and metric traditions and the conflicts in his thought about politics, gender, science and religion. This volume will bring fresh perspectives to the lyric, narrative and dramatic poetry of an American master, and its chronology and guide to further reading will prove valuable to scholars and students alike.


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Faggen (Claremont McKenna College) has collected 12 commendable essays on a range of topics. Two deal with problems associated with Frost's biography, some of which originated with the poet himself. An essay on Frost as a New England poet places him in the context of his predecessors and his contemporaries in the region where he is seen as a not-always-easy fit. A 20-page treatment of Frost's metrics and versification is one of the best of its kind. Another essay is devoted to Frost's notable service to his country as a frequent cultural envoy. Other essays cover such topics as Frost and pastoral tradition, his use of the "meditative lyric," and even his politics during the Cold War. Although important and highly recommended as a present-day collection for undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers, this volume does not supersede earlier ones, notably the comprehensive three-volume Frost: Centennial Essays, compiled at the University of Southern Mississippi, vols. 2-3 ed. by Jac Tharp (CH, Feb'75; Jul'77; Jan'79), which of course covers a wider range of subjects. J. J. Patton emeritus, Atlantic-Cape Community College


Table of Contents

1 The lives of Robert Frost Donald Sheehy
2 Biography and the poetry of Robert Frost William Pritchard
3 Frost and the question of pastoral Robert Faggen
4 Frost and the ancient muses Helen Bacon
5 Frost as a New England poet Lawrence Buell
6 Meter and versification Timothy Steele
7 Frost and metaphor Judith Oster
8 Frost and the meditative lyric Blanford Parker
9 Frost and poetic choice Mark Richardson
10 Frost's politics George Monteiro
11 Frost and economics Guy Rotella
12 Human presence in Frost's poetry John Cunningham