63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
These early poems of Frost ( 1916) already display his characteristically clear and cold lines, his fine delineations of Nature, his moral meanings. "Two roads diverged in a wood- and I / I took the one less traveled by/ and that has made all the difference.
Frost was a tremendously ambitious and hardworking poet, who some biographers have accused of sacrificing life and family to art. His poetry has a stark beauty about it, the beauty of the birches he devotes a major poem to.
This collection lacks many of his major poems , but nonetheless gives the feeling and flavor truly of a major American poet.
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2001
This collection of Robert Frost poems is a clear 5 star for the low price. Dover consistently provides great literature at an extremely low price. Despite the great bargain, you may want to spend more and purchase a book of Frost's complete poerty. Although this book has a nice selection, some of his greatest poems are missing from this collection, notably "Mending Wall" and "Fire and Ice." Still, if you just want a few selected poems to carry you back to another era into a New England woods on a snowy evening you can't go wrong here.
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2002
Frost, like no other poet, captures a moment that we all have experienced at one time in life. He paints a picture with such vivid strokes of literary imagery that the mind brings the reader back to a moment in time, almost feeling the sensations of past experiences.
For example, I recently made a decision where I was torn between family and career interests. To ease the anxiety of a lost professional opportunity, I reasoned that the chance would present itself again someday, maybe. Thinking of Frost I realized that he captured that very self-rationalization in the Road Not Taken. "Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back."
As others have pointed out already, the largest drawback of the book is lack of thickness. Even though one of my all-time favorites, "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening," is not present, others like "An Old Man's Winter Night" make up for it. If you need a small book to stick in a backpack while hiking for moments of inspiration while on the trail, you could do worse than to carry along a little bit of Frost.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 1999
My favorite is the title poem, "The Road Not Taken." I enjoyed this book and any poetry lover will as well. The reader will meditate and reflect on life as Frost did.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2001
I recommend this book to all those who have wondered at the world in all it's forgotten glory and revelled in the faintest scent of flower and form that God has thrown into our hurried paths, who have stumbled through the woods deliriously yet, meditatively and choked on the overwhelming delicateness of silence that leads voices to whisper and tense jaws to slacken. Here in this volume of poetry you will find a companion whose reverence for life reverberates through verse after verse. This collection exemplifies Mr. Frost's idea that a poem should not be planned but should begin as "a lump in the throat."
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2002
I was looking forward to reading 'Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening', but came away disappointed. Of course, 'The Road Not Taken' is worth the price of admission regardless. It is chock-full - as chock-full as 53 pages can possibly be - of other Frost goodies.
Overall, a good book for the price and a great addition to your order, but for serious Frost devotees I would suggest a more comprehensive collection.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2004
These poems seem firmly rooted in New England and seem to be timeless, though decidedly pre-modern feel to them (this was originally published in 1916). Some of these poems may seem familiar ... "The road not taken" is popular at high school graduations. There are poems of nature such as The Oven Bird ("There is a singer everyone has heard,/ Load, a mid-summer and mid-wood bird,") or "Birches ("and they seem not to break; though once they are bowed/ for low for long, they never right themselves") but with wider significance. There are also poems of rural isolation such as "The Hill Wife" and "Snow". His poetry plays by literary and poetic rules, and may not be simple to read, but he does not oversimplify life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
You know poetry is good when it doesn't constantly bring to your attention that you are reading poetry. Frost is just the best.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2013
I loved this collection. I am a composer and was messing around with several poems. Eventually I found out that the poems are not complete and there's no mention of this when you read. There are also errors
I have loved all kinds of poetry most of my life, with the exception of modern free verse poetry forms. This Dover Thrift Edtion has a number poems, both rhymed lyrics and blank-verse dialogues by Robert Frost, an American writer (1874-1963). Even though I am not a great fan of Robert Frost and do not like some of his long blank-verse dialogue poems; nevertheless, I do like many of his poems.
One of his most famous poems, "The Road Not Taken" is the title and first poem in this collection. The 56 page volume includes the following poetry collections of Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken, Christmas Trees, An Old Man's Winter Night, A Patch of Old Snow, In the Home Stretch, The telephone, Meeting and Passing, Hyla Brook, The Oven bird, Bond and Free, Birches, Pea Brush, Putting in the Seed, A time to Talk, The Cow in Apple time, An Encounter, Range-Finding, The Hill Wife: (The Loneliness-Her word, House Fear, The Smile-Her Word, The Oft-Repeated Dream, The Impulse), The Bonfire, A girl's Garden, The Exposed Nest, Out, Out-, Brown's Descent or The Willy-Nilly Slide, the Gum-Gatherer, The Line-Gang, The Vanishing Red, Snow, and The sound of Trees.
In conclusion, if you are a fan of the poetry of Robert Frost, you will enjoy this collection.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)