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John F. Kennedy said of Robert Frost: "He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding." A four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Frost created a new poetic language that has a deep and timeless resonance.
In addition to Robert Frost's first three books, this collection includes eighteen earl
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by Gramercy (first published January 1st 1955)
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Cheryl
May 07, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I was a little girl, Frost could do no wrong. He still can't. The cadence of his lines, the lucidity of his poetry, always transports me. I'm a little upset that my edition isn't listed here on GR though. Mine has quite a few more poems from his earlier and later life.
Amanda
Dec 31, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I enjoyed the themes rather than the actual poetry. Frost seems to write poems made to be dissected in English classes. Oftentimes they are set up more as short stories, heavy on the dialogue, than poems. In fact, not that I'm a poetry expert, I could not detect what exactly made some of these poems verse rather than just spaced-out prose. I had a difficult time understanding a lot of these poems, but there were some that were really lovely. I'd be interested in rereading this collection in the ...more
Laura Verret
we make ourselves a place apart / behind light words that tease and flout / but oh, the agitated heart / till someone find us really out // 'Revelation'
Melee
May 29, 2011 Melee rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Ah, Robert Frost: the man who convinced me that I hated poetry.
Years ago, I was assigned to read some of his poetry for school and, let's just say, I read them as if I was taking cough-syrup. (Note: Why, yes! I hate cough-syrup. I'll never forget the fateful night where I spit a mouthful of it across the bathroom. Good times...) Anyhow, so I didn't enjoy his poems because I was reading them with the wrong attitude &c. If Carl Sandburg hadn't come along later and shown me what a wonderful th
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Maggie Roessler
Drama: awesome. Form: pleasurable. Theme: Got a little fed up with all that personifying nature/alackadaying that nature can't be personified. Here's the best antidote:

It's a strange courage
you give me, ancient star:

Shine alone in the sunrise
toward which you lend no part!
I
Shine alone, shine nakedly, shine like bronze
that reflects neither my face nor any inner part
of my being, shine like fire, that mirrors nothing.
II
Lend no part to any humanity that suffuses
you in its own light.
Be not chimera of
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Jocelyn
Jan 25, 2017 Jocelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Frost Selected Poems is a Collection of Robert Frost's work.

Some of my Favorite works include, Home Burial, The Death of the Hired Man, The Line Gang, The Axe Helve, and The Black Cottage.

I enjoyed these five works the most because it shows how people (in my opinion) think and talk to each other.

I think that The Death of the Hired Man is probably my favorite because it goes to show you how some people are stuck in their ways and even when they are offered better, they take the route th
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"One of my wishes is that those dark trees,
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,
Were not, as it were, the merest mask of gloom,
But stretched away unto the edge of doom.

I do not see why I should ever turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who should miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.

They would not find me changed from him they knew-
Only more sure of all I thought was true."


I'll be honest, aside from two or three poems, I was previously n
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Greg Z
May 03, 2016 Greg Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I've read and reread this collection, and it has a lot to offer. I still find that my favorite is "Into My Own". I always enjoy a discussion in which no doubt I will eventually say "But the name of that poem is 'The Road Not Taken' and that takes the poem off in a totally different direction." I haven't read a lot of poetry, but have read much Ginsberg ("Howl" is a must for all readers, imho) and Merrill as of late. And so far, I haven't read any poetry collection as good as James Merrill's stun ...more
Sam Kuntz
Jan 25, 2017 Sam Kuntz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Frost: Selected Poems has many long poems and short ones but my favorites were as follows.
Mending Wall because it tells how two neighbors build a wall and fix it in the springtime, and how they mend themselves well mending the wall.
The Oven Bird because how the oven bird tells you when fall is coming.
The poem that I liked the most is The Fear because it builds up suspense and then at the end of the poem it leaves you to imagine what happens.
All the types of poems make you feel a certa
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Missey Wilhelm
May 15, 2014 Missey Wilhelm rated it really liked it
A time to talk.
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed,
And a shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

What's not to love about a poem or this poet?
Shilo
Apr 01, 2013 Shilo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a couple good poems, mostly the ones we all know and love. Overall the only reason I would even consider keeping this book on my shelf is because the cover is so beautiful, but that is not enough for it to take up permanent residence on my bookcase. Sorry Robert Frost, but you were just so-so for me.
Washington Vieira
Mar 05, 2008 Washington Vieira rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
"A whole generation influenced and moved by a "Boy's will".
He has a true juvenile dialogue with his readers.On Greece he shows a remarkable knowledge of History;but my favorite is "The road not taken "a philosophical poetry about the choices we made in our lives".
Emily
Mar 23, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved poetry and I'm glad I could finally read a collection of Frost’s poems. I actually read this for a paper in school but it was still fun!
Jennie
Poetry is not really my thing but I much more prefer Poe over this very nature based stuff. Fire & Ice is still my favorite of Frost's though.
Sienna
Oct 08, 2014 Sienna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book filled with emotion! Many of the poems made me think about the choices in life more and made me want to keep rereading it. I recommend this book to anyone that loves poetry.
Gracebbcs
Mar 15, 2009 Gracebbcs rated it it was amazing
his poems are very down-to-earth yet very profound at the same time.
I like his sense of humor and wisdom.
Margo
Dec 19, 2015 Margo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kinda bored but I loved "fire and ice"
Btw this wasn't my exact edition, mine is a bit shorter, but this was the closest.
Betty
Mar 18, 2017 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
His poetry, at its best, is clear forest, clean sky, crisp apples, the smooth cadences of water, the simplicity and purity of nature.

His longer poems, which are usually dialogues in some sort of verse, aren't quite to my taste. Frost at his best is succinct and doesn't take up more than two pages apiece.

You could say I prefer him as a poet when he doesn't wax poetic.

P.S. Forgive the pun.
Sara Whear
Mar 14, 2017 Sara Whear rated it really liked it
There's a reason Frost is considered one of America's best poets. He just writes like home. Before reading this book, I didn't know that some of his poems are actually more like short stories composed entirely of dialogue, and I really enjoyed many of them.
Jim
Mar 07, 2017 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I love me some Frost poetry, some of his work nearly ingrained in my brain and among my favorite poems. Not that I love all that he did, and sometimes he seems almost lazy (shame on me), but when he is on there is almost no one as good. To me he always seemed like the guy next door, writing for his love and for his community and getting famous almost be accident.
Jennybug
I'm defiantly not a great poet,
and you can bet that I know it
Reading this book is a challenge and fun
Yet, I'm not quite sure I will ever get done
So for now on my shelf I'll let it stay
And try to visit it again: Come what may!
Kiarash Saii
Robert Frost, A four time winner of the Pulitzer prize for poetry creates a new poetry book called " Selected poems". Along with some poems from his other three books, this book includes at least eighteen of his early poems that were rarely reprinted. His poems range from love poems made for his wife, Elinor White, to express youth inspired by heroic figures such as Hercules.

Selected Poems was a very Interesting and a very entertaining book for me, and probably will be one of my most memorable b
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Mark Soone
Jan 11, 2012 Mark Soone rated it liked it
I would probably rate this around a 3.5 if that were an option.

I have long loved "The Road Not Taken", which not only highlights this edition, but is among my most favorite poems ever!

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has mad all the difference.

Other than that, I am unfamiliar with the rest of frost's work, or at the very least amunable to recall any to mind. I must say that in totality I
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Tinea
Jan 01, 2015 Tinea rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, ecology-diy
Here they are: Robert Frost poems.

I don't remember which are in this volume, but here is one:


The Need of Being Versed in Country Things

The house had gone to bring again
To the midnight sky a sunset glow.
Now the chimney was all of the house that stood,
Like a pistil after the petals go.
The barn opposed across the way,
That would have joined the house in flame
Had it been the will of the wind, was left
To bear forsaken the place's name.
No more it opened with all one end
For teams that came by
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Connie  Kuntz
Jan 24, 2017 Connie Kuntz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this aloud with the kids. For a book that is only 127 pages long, it took us over a month to read this, but it was totally worth the time. Every poem had to be read aloud at least twice for us to understand its gist. Favorites included Death of the Hired Man ("he went to sleep by the stove and didn't wake up), Home Burial ("the child's grave was in the back on a hill, but the ducks were going down the river and the man and woman were talking about how the boy liked to watch the ducks"), The ...more
Mike Decamp
Dec 25, 2013 Mike Decamp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay...how does a casual reader of poetry like myself even attempt to review Robert Frost. Well, he doesn't...so I won't. I gave it four stars because it is Robert Frost. I didn't give it five because I was the reader...not because it wasn't worthy so much as I wasn't a worthy reader. As I told a friend recently (whose book I had reviewed), I am a kind of tough on giving out stars. I have to either be blown away by a book or be deeply moved to give away five stars. Four stars is exceptional in m ...more
Clancy
Mar 04, 2012 Clancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This early collection shows Frost is an expert poet, exhibiting mastery of his particular brand of pastoral, and often bleak, verse writing.

Despite this being a collection of considerable size I was hard-pressed to find a piece that wasn't worth the read. Many leaving me rapt in thought for hours, days, some even weeks after. Frost's work here is dense and rewards those willing to spend the time unpacking it. While others still are concise and to-the-point. The varied pace of the works makes it
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Leah
Feb 04, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-sarah
Robert Frost used the rhythm of actual speech in a masterful way. The cadence of his writing is very pleasing, almost like music. I did have to read a few of his poems more than once to understand them. It was almost like a puzzle, and if I read it at just the right pace with just the right concentration (not too much and not too little) the meaning would suddenly be unlocked. His poems are truly beautiful in their simplicity. I found that I preferred the ones that didn't have dialogue between t ...more
Fed
Jan 01, 2013 Fed rated it really liked it
The pasture, Home Burial, The Tuft of Flowers, Mending the wall, Birches, Reluctance, A late walk, Fragmentary Blue.

My favorite out of this bunch is probably 'Mending the wall' -"Good fences make good neighbors" these words could be used for so many analogies.

Reluctance is a piece of poetry that offers a powerful image.

Fragmentary Blue

Why make so much of fragmentary blue
In here and there a bird, or butterfly,
Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?

Si
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Alison's Wonderland
Frost is one of my favorite poets. I love how he uses nature imagery to illustrate deeper themes, playing off the relationship between the "natural world" and the "human world." I've been working on this particular book for about a year now, just reading a poem or two whenever the mood struck. I use Frost's work a lot for tutoring middle grade students, because his plainspoken style is accessible to younger students while still offering enough depth to merit deeper analysis. Several of his poems ...more
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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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