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Robert Frost: Speaking on Campus: Excerpts from His Talks, 1949-1962

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Robert Frost’s poetry has triumphantly survived him, but most readers today have not known him in one of his most significant capacities—as teacher and lecturer. Here, collected for the first time, are excerpts from forty-six of his presentations delivered to students at more than thirty academic institutions over three decades. Frost’s topics include: “What I think I’m do ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published September 28th 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2009)
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Caroline
Aug 29, 2010 Caroline rated it liked it
These read like transcriptions instead of prepared essays -- it's weird to read such uncontrolled prose from Robert.Frost. I also don't love the way the speeches are cut into excerpts but look, Frost says a million charming things. Here is my favorite on falling in love with books and elections:

Suppose I said to you, "what are you getting an education for?" Some of you would just say you're getting it because other people get it, all that can. But I'm going to tell you what you're getting it for
...more
Bonnie
Dec 09, 2011 Bonnie rated it liked it
I pick up any books I can get on Frost, short of books of straight poetry. I have a "complete works" book of his poetry, so the only poetry books I pick up are illustrated ones that catch my eye. I picked up Robert Frost Speaking on Campus at a Half-Priced Books in Reynoldsburg, Ohio Thanksgiving weekend. Frost died six years before I was born but I would've loved to hear him speak, especially knowing he not only spoke in my birthplace, Ann Arbor, but was Poet in Residence at the University of M ...more
Therese Broderick
Jan 13, 2010 Therese Broderick rated it really liked it
With no pomposity, Frost speaks his mind about poetry, science, religion, art, politics, education, and more. Wise, amusing, heartwarming, and brave, these short individual essays are as pertinent today as they were sixty years ago. If you think you know the man from his poems, think again. Recommended for poets and non-poets alike. (P.S. The comprehensive index to this book is exceptionally handy. Applause for the indexer.)
Robert
Jun 30, 2010 Robert rated it liked it
An American icon talks "plainly" about poetry, prose, education, politics and, of course, America, and the essence of relationships, associations, metaphors . Some of it a little obscure, I think, in part, because you " had to be there" to hear him--and the poems he read (not reproduced).
Ed Patterson
Awesome!~another read in the forecasrt. What we know now, was known then as a warning of truth.
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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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