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The Poems of Robert Frost (The Modern Library)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  2,077 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Robert Frost has written on almost every subject, but the central subjects is humanity. While other poets have written about people, these selected poems are the people -- vital, living people -- who converse, and work, and walk about, and tell their stories with the freedom of common speech.
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published 1946 by Random House, Inc. (first published 1930)
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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.
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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The commentary in this was sometimes bizarre. I felt like the commentator was almost sticking up for Frost, as though people were attacking him. I didn't really think Frost needed defending as a great poet. All in all, however, I loved reading a lot of lesser known poems and learning a bit about Frost's life and poetry at the same time.
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,
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.
Greg 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
I so so so loved this one.
When I decided to buy this, I only new a few poems of R. Frost and I was pleasently surprised to discover that I enjoyed most of them very much.
The use of so many different topics was amazing, Frost took a regular and simple thing and made it into a magnificent poem.
Thumbs up for this book! I will sure be reading some more of this author.
William Redd
I absolutely love Frost's poems, and normally any collection of his work would be a five-star rating, but the constant intrusion of Louis Untermeyer's running commentary really got on my nerves. When I read a book of poetry, I want the writer's work to speak for itself, perhaps with the occasional addendum by an editor if it's a collection of works covering a lifetime such as this, but there are times when Untermeyer is writing paragraphs about each individual poem, interrupting my reading flow. ...more
There is much more to Frost than "The Road Not Taken". His poems aren't quaint little New England country roads. They are intricate superhighways branching out into questions and dilemmas. Like Hemingway, he doesn't have to use erudite words or abstruse ideas to hit you where it hurts.
Connor Rystedt
As my last review was my first of a collection of short stories, this review will be my first of a collection of poetry. During the Spring of 2015—my last semester at Anoka-Ramsey Community College—I took a poetry course with the hopes of becoming more open and appreciative to it. I'm much more of a prose man, as all of my own ambitions are in that form. In the end, I was glad I took it. I learned how to carefully read poetry, and what things to pay attention to. I also learned something that I' ...more
Digno Melo
Despite Robert Frost being one of my favorite poets, his poems can be related to todays world, regardless the antique of the poem. From the poem "Birches" to "Fire and Ice", Frost unravel the malicious and wonders of life a person can not answer alone. Also, after the poem the book has a short overview of Frost perspective when writing such poem. Because lets face it, we may think Frost is trying to make X-point across when exactly Y-point is being made; feeding into his skillful writing. Lastly ...more
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
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Apr 27, 2010 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poetry, classics
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) 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
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
*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
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
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
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
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
No ship of all that under sail or steam
Have gathered people to us more and more
But Pilgrim-manned the Mayflower in a dream
Has been her anxious convoy in to shore.
Roy Mark
simplicity and simple undertaking how simple words or verses of Robert Frost can inspire the reader in bringing things to become a poet in this light.
Chad Newton
This anthology covers most of Frost's major works of literature, especially "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening".
Robert Frost poetry. Good pastoral poems with a Modernist bent. Depth lies beneath the evocative imagery.

The general reviews before each poem are OK but overall, just read the poems and interpret them as you will. Happy, sad; general imagery and description or social observation and isolation.

Read it however you want.
Don Gubler
My favorite general poet. He ranges widely and his images are wonderful.
Victoria Nicholson
Deserves to be a classic of Americana poetry.
Poetry is always a great read for me!
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.
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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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