The Work Of Robert Frost


Robert Frost has been discovering America all his life. He has also been
discovering the world; and since he is a really wise poet, the one thing
has been the same thing as the other. He is more than a New England poet:
he is more than an American poet; he is a poet who can be understood
anywhere by readers versed in matters more ancient and universal than the
customs of one country, whatever that country is. Frost's country is the
country of human sense: of experience, of imagination, and of thought. His
poems start at home, as all good poems do; as Homer's did, as Shakespeare's,
as Goethe's, and as Baudelaire's; but they end up everywhere, as only the
best poems do. This is partly ...

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have been different from one another and yet alike. They are
the work of a man who has never stopped exploring himself--or, if you like,
America, or better yet, the world. He has been able to believe, as any good
artist must, that the things he knows best because they are his own will
turn out to be true for other people. He trusts his own feelings, his own
doubts, his own certainties, his own excitements. And there is absolutely
no end to these, given the skill he needs to state them and the strength
never to be wearied by his subject matter. "The object in writing poetry"
Frost has said, "is to make all poems sound as different as possible from
each other." But for this, in addition to the tricks any poet knows, "we
need the help of context--meaning--subject matter. That is the greatest
help towards variety. All that can be done with words is soon told. So also
with meters. . . . The possibilities for tune from the dramatic tones of
meaning struck across the rigidity of a ...

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live in, yet the familiar world
that is the only one we shall ever have, and that we can somehow love for
the bad things in it as well as the good, the unintelligible as well as the
intelligible.

Frost is a laconic New Englander: that is to say, he talks more than
anybody. He talks all the time. The inhabitants of New England accuse one
another of talking too much, but all are guilty together, all are human;
for man is a talking animal, and never more so than when he is trying to
prove that silence is best. Frost has expressed the virtue of silence in
hundreds of poems, each one of them more ingenious than the last in the way
it takes of suggesting that it should not have been written at ...

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