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The Art of Robert Frost

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Widely revered during his lifetime, Robert Frost continues to enchant readers today, nearly a century after the publication of his first volume of poems, A Boy's Will. This book presents a splendid selection of sixty-five poems from across Frost's writing career, beginning in the 1890s and ending with "Directive" from the 1940s. Tim Kendall offers a detailed account of eac ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Yale University Press
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The American Conservative
'Frost’s best poems, according to Kendall, have at least two meanings—a “particular” and an “ulterior” one. This may be true of all art, but great artists are those whose “particular” meaning is expressed so well that readers, as Frost is reported to have said, “might feel free to settle for that part of the poem as sufficient in itself.”

Yet too many readers have settled for the well-said particular meaning of Frost’s poems. In this uniquely formatted book, in which 64 of Frost’s best poems are
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Feb 20, 2017 Chuck rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
High quality close reading and analysis. Wonderfully, all the selected poems are printed in their entirety before the commentary, so it works as an anthology and you have the text right there if you want to flip back and forth.
Kitty
Aug 18, 2013 Kitty rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable approach to selections of Frost's work:
7 poems from "A Boy's Will"
17 poems from "North of Boston"
16 poems from "Mountain Interval"
14 (15 if you separate the two witches) poems from "New Hampshire"
10 of the finest "Later Poems"

Kendall weaves the personality, poetic wisdom of Frost into thoughtful commentary on the crafting of poetry.
First and last poems, commentary on sonnets, influences of Wordsworth, Shelley, Catullus, slip into an examination of the complexity of Frost's w
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Mattia Ravasi
Jan 25, 2016 Mattia Ravasi rated it really liked it
A very useful guide to some of the most celebrated poems of the most deceivingly "easy" of poets. Some interpretations are more useful than others and sometimes you get that feeling English Majors know so well, "oh gee I really liked this poem before I knew what it was about;" that said, it's overall a great companion.
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