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Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays

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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfe ...more
Hardcover, 1036 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Library of America
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Brad
Apr 08, 2009 Brad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Despite metaphor’s singular importance to literature and perception, few literary artists have consciously explored its hyperreal implications. Robert Frost is a rare exception. He frequently struggled with the implications of metaphor in his work, coming to an understanding “that all thinking...is metaphorical” and, thus, a simulation of reality (Frost 720). Indeed, Frost’s preoccupation with metaphor and, subsequently, simulation make his poetry and prose important manifestations of literary h ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 26, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading: 100 Significant Books
Reading this right after books of poetry by Coleridge and Shelley was a pleasure, even a relief. I don't hold "doth" and "lady fair" against poets such as Shakespeare and Donne--they seem to be using their own natural language. But I can't help roll my eyes at times at the romantic poets with their classical allusions and archaic language. They write of flowers and brooks as if it came from reading dusty volumes inside by a fire. Frost writes of nature as if from observing outside in the midst o ...more
John
Apr 22, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect Frost book! What I like about this edition is that besides Frost's wonderful poetry, it also has a section of his prose. In addition, at the end of the book there is an interesting and useful chronology of the poet's life. It was interesting reading how Frost, when he was a young man, took over a school class. He had little tolerance for misbehaving students, and so he caned the worst offenders. Later on, their grudges having been well-nursed and cultivated, the "caned" stude ...more
Mark
May 05, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
Reading Frost is a wonder. His work has become so quoted in our culture that you'd think he'd be in danger of becoming cliche. He still transcends that. His icy scenes and wintry imagery show a mind so affixed to nature's quiet desolation; a soul-searcher firmly grounded in the soil he farms and fields he traverses, observing other lonely souls seeking shelter from frailty and encroaching infirmity. He's gruff, yet gentle; melancholic, yet stoic with a wry sense of humor. Nature inspires him, bu ...more
S. Chandler
Feb 01, 2010 S. Chandler rated it it was amazing
I also read the Emerson and Whitman collections in this series. They are incredible. I really want to own them. As for Frost, he has the same impact on me a Whitman, that is the urge to lay naked in the snow or whatever other visceral, human experience I can come up with on short notice.

Check out Dream Pang:

I had withdrawn in forest, and my song
Was swallowed up in leaves that blew alway;
And to the forest edge you came one day
(This was my dream) and looked and pondered long,
But did not enter, th
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Tony
Jan 28, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Here's the thing. Most of this book really sucks. It's terrible. However, when it doesn't suck, it's beyond brilliant. Frost wrote more great poems than any other 20th century poet, I think, but he surrounded them with so much pedestrian crap that it's hard to find them sometimes. "Birches," "Mending Wall," "Out, Out," "After Apple Picking," and so on continue to stand up, reading after reading after reading. He handled form so lightly, so wittily, in these poems. He was plenty heavy-handed in o ...more
Nikii
Jun 26, 2009 Nikii rated it really liked it
The Poetry of Robert Frost was really good. I've always been a fan of Robert Frost, but have only ever really read a few of his poems & when I read through all of his poems in this book, I started to really understand why they call him the American Poet (besides him actually being American). I just enjoyed the subject matters that he wrote about in his poetry & he wrote about things that the average person could relate too & you can tell through his writings the type of person he was ...more
Mattia Ravasi
Jan 25, 2016 Mattia Ravasi rated it it was amazing
The Library of America editions are all treasure chests. They are not cheap, but they are the kind of book you'll be proud of owning. If you know someone who's into American Literature, get him a LoA edition of the works of a writer they like and they'll be happy as woodchucks (which are famously happy animals).
And Frost's poems are like cherries, although you find the occasional bitter one they are so delicious you just can't stop once you get started. One of the most enjoyable poets I've ever
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Stacy
May 17, 2009 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-plays
A wonderful collection of various works by Robert Frost, including an in-depth chronology of his life.

I like many, have read Frost's poetry countless times. However studying the chronology first, I obtained a deeper understanding and appreciation of his writings. I loved all this information bound together in one volume, definitely one for the personal library.
Artsy
Sep 07, 2012 Artsy rated it really liked it
Shelves: proud-to-own
"The woods are lovely dark and deep and I have miles to go before I sleep." Frost strikes a perfect chord with me and this collection is the perfect treasure trove to which I go back again and again to find jewels to relish and share. This was my perfect companion during the 2011 xmas holidays.
Kris Babe
Apr 02, 2011 Kris Babe rated it it was amazing
How does one respond to genius? The craft, the insight into the human condition. I go back to his poems again and again.
Thom Dunn
Say that I have an on-going lover's quarrel with Robert Frost.
Phil Greaney
Feb 13, 2017 Phil Greaney rated it really liked it
I read this during a visit to rural Vermont, near to where Frost lived and was buried, surrounded by the natural world of New England that he so often wrote about. To immerse myself in his work and life was fortunate indeed. I came to love his poetry, and his

I suspected there was something deeper in Frost than the cursory readings of his most-loved poems. There certainly is. (I can recommend the three lectures on Frost from the 'Great Courses' course on 20th Century American literature, delivere
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Laurie
Mar 07, 2017 Laurie rated it really liked it
Had a whole class on Frost in college. What's not to love?
Shari
Nov 11, 2016 Shari rated it it was amazing
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Keith
Mar 09, 2011 Keith rated it really liked it
I am not attempting to read this book (with more than 900 pages) all the way through at one time. Instead I'm reading one section at a time and I'll offer my opinions on each as I read them. I will add that the Library of America edition is nice collection. I highly recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in poetry.

North of Boston(1914) **** – This groundbreaking volume contains several of Frost’s most famous poems including Mending Wall, The Death of the Hired Hand, and The Wood Pile. W
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Lucy Samuelsen
Jan 17, 2016 Lucy Samuelsen rated it really liked it
Read Selections: The Pasture, Into My Own, Storm Fear, Mowing, The Tuft of Flowers, Mending Wall, The Death of the Hired Man, Home Burial, After Apple Picking, The Wood-Pile, The Road Not Taken, An Old Man‟s Winter Night, Hyla Brook, The Oven Bird, Bond and Free, Birches, Putting in the Seed, „Out, Out—„, The Sound of Trees, A Star in a Stone Boat, Two Witches, Fire and Ice, Dust of Snow, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, For Once, Then, Something, The Onset, To Earthw ...more
Philip
Aug 23, 2011 Philip rated it it was amazing
Frost was an extraordinary poet, the most popular U.S. poet since Longfellow. His style didn't evolve much over the decades, but his poems are highly complex (they can be read on several different levels), with an unusual combination of voice and rhythm. He is a careful observer of nature, writes incredible poetic dialogue, and best of all (although this is resented by some academics), his poetry is highly accessible. The "Collected Poems" include everything he has written--all his poems, and tw ...more
Terry
Oct 14, 2015 Terry rated it it was amazing
It would be a lie to say I read all 1036 pages of this book, but I think I got close to 800 and I know I won’t be reading any more. Frankly, there’s just too darn much in here and while I did get through most of the “Lectures, Essays, Stories, Letters” portion, I didn’t read the “Plays” and I doubt I will. Don’t get me wrong, I love Robert Frost – I just enjoy his poetry more than his essays, etc. I think most people know Frost for “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “The Road Not Ta ...more
Jim
Dec 06, 2007 Jim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I am a huge robert frost fan. I found the virtues of frost in high school. It was "stopping by the woods on a snowy evening" he described every thing so well I was hooked. He opened my eyes to the world of poetry and made me realize poetry was going to be my favorite writing genre to read of all time. Until I found Kerouac and the crazy prose he wrote that flowed like the sounds coming out of Charlie Parker in the days Jack was writing.
jacky
Mar 29, 2007 jacky rated it it was amazing
Robert Frost is such a great poet because of what he calls the "sound of sense." I love that in his writing her trys to make this words and phrase sound like they mean. More simply, I love how he writes about such simple things in nature and life showing that they have a greater significance.

I have read out of this book three different times in my education: sophomore year of high school, senior year of high school, and my Dickinson and Frost class in college.
Karen
Feb 29, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, poetry
I think we all read Frost for the poems we knew when we were in school: "Mending Wall" and "The Road Not Taken". But the interesting thing about Frost is that even his less well-known poems have the same intense-yet-comforting sort of feeling. And there's something in his longer poems (the conversational ones) that reminds me of Steinbeck...
Laura
Feb 05, 2016 Laura added it
Shelves: classics, poetry
In high school, we had to check out the textbooks with our student ID and I DEFINITELY turned this book in when we finished it in English, but it showed it was still checked out only my account. Luckily, my wonderful AP Lit teacher made sure I wasn't fined. Mr. Hemmert, the real MVP.

Oh, and I really enjoyed reading and analyzing Frost's works.
ZaRi
Sep 08, 2015 ZaRi rated it liked it
Shelves: poem, classic, literature, play
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Maureen
Sep 20, 2011 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Frost is so quintessentially New England. So straightforward and spare. My favorites are those of everybody else: The Road Not Taken, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, Mending Fences, etc. An absolute must-read!
Ginnie Grant
Jan 18, 2014 Ginnie Grant rated it did not like it
I know being a "literary snob" I am supposed to love robert frost on Principle. But I am sorry, I just hated it. I can't explain why, maybe it is because it was forced on me growing up but it made everything in me cringe.
Diana Casabar
Jul 05, 2012 Diana Casabar rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book. I love reading it. His poetry is magical ~ it takes me to that era and puts me in that place.
Opskar01
Oct 11, 2008 Opskar01 rated it liked it
I am proud to own this edition of this book as one of my college teacher edited it.
Troy Williams
Dec 21, 2011 Troy Williams rated it it was amazing
Robert Frost is by far my favorite 20th century poet and this is the best compilation of his works.
Shawn
May 25, 2008 Shawn marked it as to-read
I have read a good amount of Frost here and there. I have been meaning to revisit ...
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Flinty, moody, plainspoken and deep, Robert Frost was one of America's most popular 20th-century poets. Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire when, at the age of 38, he sold the farm, uprooted his family and moved to England, where he devoted himself to his poetry. His first two books of verse, A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914), were immediate successes. In 1915 he returned to the ...more
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