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Frost: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

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From one of the most brilliant and widely read of all American poets, a generous selection of lyrics, dramatic monologues, and narrative poems--all of them steeped in the wayward and isolated beauty of Frost's native New England. Includes his classics "Mending Wall, " "Birches, " and "The Road Not Taken, " as well as poems less famous but equally great.

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 24th 1997 by Everyman's Library (first published 1930)
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Rowena
I was impressed by the wide range of topics Frost wrote poems about. Some of the poems read like short stories; one of them had a Poe feel to it.

In all honesty, I bought this poetry collection solely for The Road Not Taken, but there were quite a lot of good poems in this one.
Greg
I don't read a lot of poetry, but I do have some favorites, and Frost is one of them. I find that his poems often speak to my heart, and resonate with something inside me, sometimes in ways I don't fully understand until much later. It is only on reflection, for example, that his "Good-by and Keep Cold" seems to me to bring some deeper insight into raising children and the need to allow them space to grow from adversity, and trust that God will bring them through.

"Into My Own" reflects what I h...more
Elizabeth
I originally got in to Robert Frost via his poem Fire and Ice, which is a supposition piece of how the world is going to end. Since I enjoyed that poem so much I bought a collection of his poems on sale at the local bookstore. This book is a collection of everything from his most famous, to his most obscure poems and all the works in between. This book, I have found, is such a wonderful mentor text for teaching visualization, how to craft a setting and asking questions. As a teacher always looki...more
Jennifer M. Hartsock
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Bruno Oliveira
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I...more
James
It is something of a paradox that Frost, our most well-known poet, is also our most underrated poet. His over-familiarity has given a false image of him; people think he wrote Hallmark cards. Reading his poetry closely is a fascinating education. He is one of the darkest, most illusive American writers in some moods; in others, he is cynical and enigmatic. If you appreciate poetry, read Frost. If all you know is "The Road Not Taken" and you think Frost is an artless hack writing verse to be fram...more
Gabe Redel
Is Robert Frost my favorite poet ever? Possibly, yes, he very well could be. This collection of Frost poems has me pulling it off the shelf every time I need a friend. It doesn't matter what he writes about, it is always welcoming and approachable. He's got that intrigue in his words that never lets go. He always has some wisdom to share, and he makes me feel like he cares about those who are reading his poems.
Anthony Gallo
When I was reading this I missed most of his tricks. I missed any methodical execution of rhyme or anything of that sort. At least, on first reading. I missed this because Frost's poems are humble and uncluttered -- similar to having a drink with a friend and telling a story about that day a while back. They read like a breath that comes out easy. The content reflected this. Frost didn't need the grand to make the poem instill grand feelings. A potent visceral effect came from the simple for him...more
dipandjelly
'Was there even a cause too lost,
Ever a cause that was lost too long,
Or that showed with the lapse of time to vain
For the generous tears of youth and song?'

frost, frost, frost.
nothing more profound than the simplicity of his words.
how do you manage to band together such emotional turmoil from just stringing together 26 alphabets and barely any punctuation?
Kayla
I love the beautiful scenery that is the core of Frosts poetry. He writes with elegance that I admire.
Ryan Sweeney
I've wanted a collection of Frost poetry for quite some time. I class Frost as my favourite poet but have neglected to read much of his back catalog. I was lucky enough to find a copy of this book tucked away in a quiet corner at "Page 101" (one of the few good English bookstores in Taiwan - Located in the shopping centre at the Taipei 101.).
I enjoyed a lot of the poetry in this book but I found the commentary by Louis Untermeyer to be completely unnecessary, mostly uninformative and severely di...more
readinghearts (Lyn M)
Apr 27, 2010 readinghearts (Lyn M) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poetry, classics
Recommended to readinghearts (Lyn M) by: seasonal challenge
I have to say, I expected to like this book more than I did. I have been a fan of some of Frosts poems for years, but in reading this book I found that he has two distinct styles. One is simply narrative, which I found I did not like as much. His narratives are mostly conversational, and I found the line breaks in the stanzas distracting. In addition, I prefer my poetry to paint a picture, not necessarily just tell a story.

The second style is more lyrical, and I really enjoyed those poems. Here...more
Jess Michaelangelo
I'm not quite sure what exactly it is about Robert Frost, but his poetry just resonates completely through to my soul, as corny as that may sound. Maybe it's that he writes quite a bit about rural folk or maybe it's that he writes so beautifully and profoundly about the natural world. His writing is pure and simple beauty. I also love his conversational works like "Home Burial," "The Death of a Hired Man," and "The Generations of Men."

I just enjoy his poetry so incredibly much. It's perfect for...more
Kate
I'm easily transported by these poems, now having lived in New England for a few years and experienced the landscape. As I sit cozy and anticipate another snowy winter, they are the perfect companion. I have never been able to appreciate Frost this much before.

The only reason I give this book four stars instead of five is because I could've done without the editor's commentary, especially because it prefaces each poem, before I'm able to form my own impressions of them. Every poem has such a st...more
Mutmainna
*You can also read this review and some other here at my website too.*

One word- Awesome. I am not much of a poetry person and very rarely I like them. But I must say Robert Frost is completely different. Each of the poem seem to represent more than it meets the eye. Poems like "The Road Not Taken", "Out, Out-", "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" are simply epic. These poems show grave philosophies of life with subtle hints and deceptively simple lines. For anyone who likes to read, specially...more
Berrett
I own a 1946 edition of this book that I have carried with me around the country and world. It is falling apart now, but it is one of my favorite possessions.

Where had I heard this wind before
Change like this to a deeper roar?
What would it take my standing there for,
Holding open a restive door,
Looking down hill to a frothy shore?
Summer was past and day was past.
Sombre clouds in the west were massed.
Out on the porch's sagging floor,
Leaves got up in a coil and hissed,
Blindly struck at my knee and...more
Marianna Gleyzer
Besides Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, and Emily Dickinson, I must say Robert Frost is up there in the top five of my most favorite poetry. The reason for this is that his work, his poetry to be exact, is so specific to each topic that it is about. Be it love, isolation, decisions, or whatever else, Frost finds a way to make each of his poems very specific to the case at hand. There are no other distractions except the narrator and the narrator's focus. For example, in Frost's "Love and a Questio...more
James
Robert Frost was one of the American poets to whom I was introduced while I attended High School. His famous and popular poems like Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening and Mending Wall are among his most masterful, also including "Home Burial," "A Servant to Servants," "Directive," "Neither Out Too Far Nor In Too Deep," "Provide, Provide," "Acquainted with the Night," "After Apple Picking," "The Most of It," "An Old Man's Winter Night," "To Earthward," "Spring Pools," "The Lovely Shall Be C...more
Cassandra
It's a little unconventional, but my favorite Frost poem has to be wind and window flower.

When I think of the man, I recite:

She a window flower,
And he a winter breeze.


Even though many other poems are immensely popular, hell, I have fire and ice memorize ten million times better than wind and window flower, but when I read wind and window flower, there is such a helpless sad feeling, like grasping love when you can before it's gone.

Morning found the breeze
A hundred miles away


There is just such a...more
Randy
I've been familiar with Frost's poetry--I've read or sung a good bit of it from High School to Randall Thompson's setting of Frost's poetry to music, Frostiana.

In a seminar class we read "Home Burial". The professor shared that of all the poetry Frost wrote and read aloud to audiences, "Home Burial" was one that was too personal to share publicly. Having looked more in depth at the poem, I too was struck by the insight and economy. As a pastor, this poem captures the struggle every married coupl...more
Jared Della Rocca
I preface this by saying---I'm not that into poetry. So Frost takes a knock purely because of his chosen style. BUT as far as poetry goes, Frost is pretty damn good at what he does. You don't need a shovel to dig into the meaning of the poems (I'm looking at you, Rimbaud), but he also doesn't just leave it at the surface, so you sometimes have to bring some mental power to it. The poems are easy-to-read and pleasant, and Frost just seems like someone who keeps it real. Oh, and I drive past his o...more
Danielle
I went through a phase after my senior year of college when I was living on my own, all of my friends had left town for . . . well ever, and I had alot of time by myself when I got out of work each day. I found this book and the Emily Dickinson versions in a box and started reading. Poetry really seems to be especially meaningful to me when I'm alone and lonely (which isn't unusual since that seems to also be the prime condition to be in when writing poetry). Needless to say, and excellent colle...more
Julia
before i was actually into poetry the only real poet i really knew was robert frost, and of course i loved stopping by the woods on a snow evening and the road not taken and whatever other poems of frost's that are fed to children via literature textbooks. so i bought this book and all i remember was it being this huge struggle getting through it and all the poems being impossibly boring and i haven't read it since.
i suppose i should reread it at some point...
Katie O'brien
I like this collection of Robert Frost's poems a lot. I did a couple projects on Robert Frost throughout grade school so he has always been a favorite poet of mine. I like his style of writing and a lot of his poems are about the outdoors and for some reason always reminded me of the holidays. The road not travelled by is one of my personal favorites and I think it has a positive message to it's readers. It encourages individuality.
Erik Graff
Jun 03, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Frost fans
Recommended to Erik by: Harriet J. Naden
Shelves: poetry
Most of the poetry read in high school came from our textbook anthologies, but we were required to buy this particular volume above and beyond the text. I either read it freshman, w/ Ms. Yates, or sophomore, w/ Ms. Naden, year. Unlike most other poets, excepting Sandburg, I was already familiar with Frost owing to the publicity given him surrounding his reading at the Kennedy White House.
Russell
I liked several of the poems in this book, but certainly not all of them. In fact, by the time I got to the end, I was pretty much ready to be done reading Frost for a while. Still, the ones that I did like, I thought about eventually committing them to memory. And now, being the slacker that I am, I don't even remember their titles. Which means I should probably buy the book anyway.
James
Oh, this motherfucker can write a poem. I used to think like, this guy, James Knox-Davies, he can write a poem. You know, I can rhyme, and yeah. Check this out: "Soup." I could rhyme that with like fifty other words. Would not be hard at all. Just give me a pen, and like a rhyming dictionary maybe, and I'd be rhyming kids's fucking faces offices. I'd give it four stars.

Cristina
Have always loved, and still do. Love. Simple and true.

This particular anthology is nice. Truth be told, I used to have another one that I loved even more (just poetry, no extras), but haven't found it now. While I usually prefer to just going straight to reading his words, I have enjoyed the insights in this book at times as well.
Olivia
Before I knew how to read poetry, all I could gather from Robert Frost was, "Nature. Pretty cool."

Even once I learned, however, I didn't find myself impressed. The only poem I read that really stood out to me was, "Two Look at Two." It's about a couple stumbling upon two deer in the woods and the perspective and imagery are gorgeous.
Taft Babbitt
John Adams once said, 'You are never alone with a poet in your pocket' I completely agree and Frost is one of my favorites. I take this little gem with me when I travel or go hiking or camping and love to read myself a little poem now and again throughout the day and when your in nature, Frost is just perfect.
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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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