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Homage to Robert Frost

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Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott, Nobel laureates all, have written perceptive, affectionate, admiring essays on Robert Frost. Eschewing both of the prevailing caricatures of Frost (the irascible but beloved cracker-barrel philosopher and the shallow megalomaniac), these writers pay careful attention to the poems themselves. They open doors into the world o ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 30th 1997 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published September 1st 1996)
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Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Almost too good to be true. Three master practitioners reading a master (Eliot and Stevens will never mean as much to me as Frost does). This is criticism at the highest level--the level of dream-interpretation, of revelation. Brodsky's essay is actually one of his Mount Holyoke class lectures. Envy!
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This thoughtful foray into the poetry and voice of Robert Frost also gives the reader a wonderful glimpse into the voices of Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott, winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature all. The three poets are wonderful in their individual takes on Frost and his process of creating a poem: choice of words, cadence, counterbalance of emotion and events within the poem, the dark side of Robert Frost within his Yankee hominess, his ear for tones and tunes (an abstract ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book took me quite a long time to finish, due to the respect and attention I felt its three authors and its subject deserved or demanded. But having finished it I am mostly impressed by the accessibility and openness of the authors' reflections on Frost, similar to his own accessibility; which, as Derek Walcott's closing essay highlights especially well, is at once authentic and deceptive, covering as it does a deep richness and lasting profundity that these three essays do much to reveal. ...more
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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I saw that the first part reprints Brodsky's essay in the New Yorker back in 1994, on Frost's poems "Come In" and "Home Burial." I still remember the impression that article made on me when the magazine came in the weekly mail, having a poet like Brodsky commenting on and appreciating Frost.
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Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brodsky's "On Grief and Reason" is the highlight. An astounding, provocative reading of Frost.
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Three good essays. I particularly liked Brodsky's reading of "Come In"
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Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (Russian: Иосиф Александрович Бродский, IPA: [ɪˈosʲɪf ˈbrotskʲɪj] was a Russian poet and essayist.

Born in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972, settling in America with the help of W. H. Auden and other supporters. He taught thereafter at universities including those at Yale, Cambridge and Michigan.

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