North of Boston
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The title North of Boston refers to Derry, New Hampshire, where Robert Frost and his family worked a farm for twelve lean and very cold years, years when Frost composed at least the first draft of many of these poems, but it also alludes to the great shift of cultural attitudes you encounter—or once encountered--as you move from the intellectual life of Boston to the pastoral atmosphere of New Hampshire and Vermont.
Frost is too organic a writer to develop things schematically. Sometimes, as in ...more
Fiction tends to be my favorite literary form; I'm attracted to the idea of story, which is the essence of fiction. Not surprisingly, my ...more
How about this - do you like the short story format? Well, these early poems of Frost's are some of his longer, mostly non-rhyming (though still following meter, but don't get caught up in those kinds of specifics unless you need to or want to) poems that read more like a short story. A super powerful knock-your-socks-off short story! Couples, friends, neighbors having conversations - remember those? Conversations that ...more
There are those who take exception to Frost's ...more
This passage from "Black Cottage":
For, dear me, why abandon a belief
Merely because it ceases to be true.
Cling to it long enough, and not a doubt
It will turn true again, for so it goes.
made me think of Kurt Vonnegut.
When reading lines such as the ones below from "Blueberries" I'll be darned if I don't hear Dr Seuss:
He has brought them all up on ...more
“There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift do ...more
"I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
he said it for himself."
fr. "The Death of the Hired Man":
"Part of a moon was falling down the west,
Dragging the whole sky with it to the hills.
Its light poured softly in her lap. She saw it
And spread her apron to it. She put out her hand
Among the harp-like morning-glory strings,
Taut with the dew from garden bed to eaves,
As if she played unheard some tenderness
That wrought on him beside her in the night."
On the other hand, both of them are at their best writing simple, everyday vignettes that seem to gesture towards something greater.
"Where shall we meet again?"
"Nowhere but here
Once more before we meet elsewhere."
"It ought to be in rain. Sometime in rain.
In rain to-morrow, shall we, if it rains?
But if we must, in sunshine." So she went.
The latter, literally, not as in today's "I went" (meaning "I said")
A good book of poems. I enjoyed them.
Includes classics and Frost favorites like Mending Wal, Home Burial, and The Death of the Hired Man.
Robert Frost must have experienced first hand a lot of what he wrote about. It brought tears while reading several of the poems.
He has a great way of painting a picture. When I was reading "Apple Pickin' " I could actually visualize it.