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A Masque Of Reason

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A Masque of Reason is a 1945 comedy written by Robert Frost. This short play purports to be the chapter 43 of the book of Job, which only has 42 chapters. Thus, Frost has written a concluding chapter in the form of the play.In this play, Robert Frost like John Milton in Paradise Lost ,wants to justify God's ways to man.
Hardcover, 23 pages
Published 1945 by Henry Holt and Company
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Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
One of God, reason, or injustice has to go. Frost is on the fence. I pick God ...(cont.)...
...(cont.).... With God gone, there’s no reason to think justice will be done. Let’s hope Fate is merciful.
Michael Brady
At Frost's hand the original Book of Job gets the ending it deserved.
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is such and interesting and little known's a short read and could spark interesting discussion.
Corwin Slack
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is short, well written and very erudite theodicy. Frost calls it Chapter 43 of the Book of Job. It is an entertaining and thought provoking take on a thousands of years later epilogue to the story featuring God, Job, Job's wife and briefly Satan.

It's only available used but do a search online for a pdf if you cannot otherwise acquire a copy.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
strange play
Craig Werner
A bit better than a Masque of Reason. That's not high praise. This time Frost crams Jonah, Jezebel, Paul and "My Brother's Keeper" into a room and has them trade philosophical thoughts for a while. Basically, it's an anti-modernist manifesto that dances around a set of issues which are better dealt with either at much greater length or in the epigrammatic style, verging on silence, of the mystics. Paid my dues with Frost's drama and now I get to go back to the last couple of volumes of poetry as ...more
Craig Werner
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Dramatic poem/play in which God, Job, Job's Wife, and Satan engage in a not-particularly interesting conversation on the topic of theodicy. Guess Frost needed to get it out of his system. A few good lines, but if forced to choose between this and one of George Bernard Shaw's short philosophical plays (which I almost always hate), I'd go with Shaw. Frost wrote another Masque, A Masque of Mercy. Since I'm reading my way through Frost's complete poetry, I'll take it on, but I can't say as how I'm ...more
Striker Zilt
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful play to read, with both the main and tangential conversations very interesting and in depth. I personally enjoy this play more than Frost's only other play, "A Masque of Reason," because of the more interesting characters and the more modern setting.
Pradip dubey
it is fresh and cool work of frost
Michael Arnold
An odd play, this is. I hadn't the first clue just what in the hell was going on.
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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
“Too long I've owed you this apology
For the apparently unmeaning sorrow
You were afflicted with in those old days.
But it was of the essence of the trial
You shouldn't understand it at the time.”
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