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The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged Hardcover – November 15, 1969
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Performers Susan Anspach, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Elliott Gould, among others, heighten the conversational cadences of a writer who seldom strayed from his beloved iambs. Included are "Mending Wall," "The Road Not Taken," "The Death of the Hired Man," "The Fear," and much more, all complete and unabridged. (Running time: 1 hour, 1 cassette) --Martha Silano --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Of all the poetry written in our generation, Frost's is most likely to stand the test of time.” ―Lewis Gannett
“Of U.S. poets, none has lodged poems more surely where they will be hard to get rid of. . . . His lines often have the trenchancy and inevitability of folk sayings.” ―Time
“No other American poet has so much art or so much subject matter.” ―Mark Van Doren
“Frost was the first American who could be honestly reckoned a master-poet by world standards.” ―Robert Graves
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Poetry of Robert Frost is the entirety of the great American poet’s published work, an authoritative volume that is structured to show his progression from his earliest work to... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Matthew Ries
I haven't read the book yet but I'm familiar with some of his work, happy with my purchase !!Published 2 months ago by Dayna
Have to have Robert Frost on hand. He is one of my idols of literature and poetry. I am honored to have his complete works on my bookshelf.Published 5 months ago by JAMES
I am a huge Robert Frost fan. Always have been. Nice to have everything in one book. Poems for the ages.Published 5 months ago by sle-tx
A wonderful compilation of his poems. A perfect book for any poetry lover and especially a Robert Frost fan!Published 6 months ago by BP
Can't go wrong with Frost! Something for everyone. Earlier poetry famous ... but I like the later "fun" and concise works.Published 8 months ago by Survivor