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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
Oct 01, 2009 Brad rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Mark
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 23, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Keith
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...more
S. Chandler
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...more
Philip
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
Tony
Jan 28, 2008 Tony rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Ginnie Grant
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.
jacky
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.
Jim
Dec 06, 2007 Jim rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Stacy
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
"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.
Maureen
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!
Adrian Ibarra


Robert Frost was one of the very first poets introduced to me in elementary school. Classics like The Road Not Taken still make me reflect on my life choices when I read it today.
Mindy
Robert Frost isn't one of my favorite poets. However he is a lot more than "The Road Not Taken." I enjoyed finding out more of his writing than just what they taught in school.
Mii
This book is a great read!
Jim
Sep 22, 2007 Jim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poetry people, snobs or otherwise
Robert Frost is another member of the dead white poet crowd that I love unabashedly. Reading poems and essays in this volume for a grad class and looking forward to it.
Vivianne
One of my favorite authors, incredibly touching with Birch, Fire and Ice, Road Not Taken.
I do not think you can live without ever having read his poetry!
Flora
How does one respond to genius? The craft, the insight into the human condition. I go back to his poems again and again.
David
One of my favorite books of poetry. All of my favorite poems from this Author are in here! A great book for Robert Frost fans! :)
Diana Casabar
Such a beautiful book. I love reading it. His poetry is magical ~ it takes me to that era and puts me in that place.
Troy Williams
Robert Frost is by far my favorite 20th century poet and this is the best compilation of his works.
Opskar01
I am proud to own this edition of this book as one of my college teacher edited it.
Shawn
Oct 22, 2008 Shawn marked it as to-read
I have read a good amount of Frost here and there. I have been meaning to revisit ...
Patrick
I think the one about the road less traveled is a metaphor for something else ...
robertcasey
another on the currently reading list because there are just too many poems...
astried
Jan 05, 2014 astried marked it as till-next-time
Shelves: verse, nlb
It's just not possible to really finish reading poetry collection like this.
Stephen
A Taoist's view of the particulars of our region of the Tao. New England sage.
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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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