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The Poetry of Robert Frost

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The only comprehensive gathering of Frost's published poetry, this affordable volume offers the entire contents of his eleven books of verse, from A Boy's Will (1913) to In the Clearing (1962). Frost scholar Lathem, who was also a close friend of the four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, scrupulously annotated the 350-plus poems in this collection, which has been the standard e
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Paperback, 607 pages
Published March 15th 1979 by Henry Holt & Company (first published 1949)
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Teresa I would love to know what poetry you feel is not "very lame." Maybe Frost just isn't your style. To me, he's one of the only poets who can truly hold …moreI would love to know what poetry you feel is not "very lame." Maybe Frost just isn't your style. To me, he's one of the only poets who can truly hold my attention and take me into the beautiful pictures that he paints.(less)

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Persephone's Pomegranate
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


Reading Robert Frost is like dancing in the woods on a saturday morning, drinking peppermint hot chocolate and listening to your favorite music all rolled into one.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for des
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Julie
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not that I have a favourite Robert Frost poem -- he's not that kind of fellow. Yes, there are many "quotable quotes" that people bandy about; but again, he's not that kind of fellow. I dip into this collection again and again, when I want the world to slow down a little, and I just want to dream away a few hours, an afternoon. These are especially good on snowy, blustery, mid-winter afternoons when there is nothing to do, and nowhere to go. And in the evening, you stop by a wood, ... lovely ...more
Scott
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" . . . many of the lyrics as well as the monologues suggest an interior darkness, they [also] have the color and quality of his New England woods, being lovely as well as dark and deep." -- commentator Louis Untermeyer, on page 264

I don't read a lot of poetry, but I've been interested in Robert Frost's work ever since first reading both his 'Mending Wall' (known for the oft-quoted line "good fences make good neighbors") and 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' (referenced by this edition's co
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Ted
I'm currently working my way through this book, which is the standard edition of his collected poetry. Should be done some time in 2018 2019 never.




Frost in 1941


I'm abandoning my reading of Frost's poetry. Too many other books to get read.

Having gotten up through A Witness Tree I'm guessing that I've probably read most of his poems that are still remembered. It was a great journey, I found out a lot about Frost and the surprising poetry that he wrote through most of his long life. A very modern p
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Luís
The first category of Frost’s narratives is ballads, which represent his weakest body of work in the mode. His first five books contain only four narrative ballads—two in A Boy’s Will and two in Mountain Interval. They differ from his other narrative verse not merely in their use of rhyme and stanza, but also in their conventional diction and syntax, which seem traditional to the point of being derivative. Their lack of stylistic individuality is particularly conspicuous in Mountain Interval whe ...more
Jan-Maat
I was intrigued to learn that Frost and Edward Thomas had met and spent time together in England before the first world war following on from a review of some of Frost's poetry by Thomas. I feel both that in some way that the two of these people are now coming together in my understanding is a sign both of the deficiencies in my education and that luckily there is ever more to discover about the world. I believe "The Road not taken" was inspired by some of the walks the two went on and that Fro ...more
Grey853
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Robert Frost wrote some stunning and thought provoking poems. Almost everyone has heard of "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" or "The Road Not Taken", but one of my all time favorites is "Desert Places". The last verse:

"They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars--on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places."



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Eliza
Lovely poems! Frost isn't a "favorite" poet of mine, but he's definitely memorable and brilliant. ...more
Markus
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I had read some of his poems, like "Mending the wall" and "the snowstorm", but not all of them, until now. I had not realised how great and famous Frost was in his lifetime. Now I understand better.
I just love and admire his farmland poetry, it reminds me of so many things of my own young life in the countryside (in Austria though). And then he enchants with his deep human knowledge, amorous, grumpy, hopeful or disappointed. He sings of trees and flowers and birds and butterflys even ants and in
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Alan
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit
Spent my morning with these trying to find RF's critical assessment of fame, how his neighbors come last to recognize him. Turns out, it's not in the Complete, since he was elected Poet Laureate of Vermont (where he'd moved from N.H. forty years before) in 1961, at age 85. Year after he recited from memory at JFK's Inauguration. Wryly, Frost responds "On Being Chosen Poet of Vermont," "Breathes there a bard who isn't moved/ When he finds his verse is understood…By his country and his neighborhoo ...more
Jody
Aug 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poetry lovers
Shelves: poetry, favorites
I think it's this version I have an old copy of this book. My grandma gave it to me for Christmas many years ago. I love Robert Frost. He's my first favorite poet and my favorite poem will always be The Road Not Taken. "And I, I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference." RF is my reason for loving words I think. ...more
s.penkevich
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nature, poetry
Robert Frost is the Thomas Kinkade of poetry.
Rike Jokanan
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Let me say that he is one of poets who have waken me up from my long sleep in "comfortable bed of uniformity and stagnancy". I used to think that being among the crowd was a safe way to live. Being uniform was my "template". In fact, now I learn that being myself -- that might be being different from you all -- is the safest mode anytime anywhere. And, I am sure that I won't be sorry for being uniquely ordinary as I am.

Of course "The Road Not taken" is still a uniform favorite os mine since most
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Katelyn Buxton
There were a few poems I enjoyed in this collection, but I think, on the whole, Robert Frost’s style of poetry is not my cup of tea.
Amy
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Robert Frost has the most beautiful poetry! My dad used to read to me from this book every night before bed and it has been a fovorite ever since. When I was little my favorite one was The pasture. Now I love "Reluctance"

OUT through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home, 5
And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keepin
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Leila
If you like poetry don't miss this! ...more
Elizabeth
Oh, if there were only the words to express how I feel about Frost. There aren't the right words nor near enough. However, I do enjoy reading his poems. They buoy me.

I am usually a lover of short poems, yet, even in his longer poems a line or two will reverberate.

Most will recommend "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening", "The Road Not Taken" or "Nothing Gold Can Stay". There are reasons why they would recommend these poems, as they have merit. Yet, these are not the only poems worth their keep
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Charles
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My November Guest

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me fo
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Rowena
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, poetry
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.
Leila
This book was bought in error and is not the complete works of Robert Frost, just a selection.
Nick
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
He expertly articulates and captures those feelings inspired in us as children.
Wonderment and Beauty, Innocence, and Joyfulness, but also and equally, Loneliness Isolation and Desperation. Wisdom and Naivety.

Reading Frost is like traveling across New England With two people. The First incarnation a small enthusiastic and expressive child awe struck by the simple beauty of the landscape and changing seasons as he passes them by yearning to run ahead and spy what lay beyond the next bend.

The Seco
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Jon Corelis
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fundamental poetry book

There's not much that needs to be said about the poetry of Robert Frost, except that, unlike most things in life, it's as good as it's supposed to be. If you are just getting into poetry, Frost is especially to be recommended: many readers will find his poems more immediately accessible than those of many modern poets. The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged edited by Edward Connery Lathem is the standard collection, and I think it should
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Miriam Cihodariu
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've always loved Robert Frost, even if I knew only his most popular crumpets of verse, like the hyper-quoted and often-tattooed

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

So I decided to methodically read his entire collection of poms, a bit at a time, and I've been doing it steadily since last year. Few other poems command such a strong response in me, even if I did stumble upon his love of form and relativ
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Timothy Muller
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
It may seem strange to allot only four stars to such a great poet. However, for me, there are (more or less) two Frosts. Actually, there are three Frosts, but the third is not a very important consideration.

To take the third first, this is the Frost of lighter, often satirical poetry, as in, for example “A Case for Jefferson.” This kind of verse is not really Frost’s strong suit and I think his reputation might rest a little higher had he not published it. However, virtually all poets publish ma
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Naomi
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
The Road Not Taken- it’s a scam
Asha Seth
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2018
An anthology of Frost's best poems. My favorite among all:

In A Disused Graveyard

The living come with grassy tread

To read the gravestones on the hill;

The graveyard draws the living still,

But never anymore the dead.

The verses in it say and say:

“The ones who living come today

To read the stones and go away

Tomorrow dead will come to stay.”

So sure of death the marbles rhyme,

Yet can’t help marking all the time

How no one dead will seem to come.

What is it men are shrinking from?

It would be easy to be cle
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Jonfaith
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetshere
The hurt is not enough: I long for weight and strength. To feel the earth as rough to all my length

I failed to connect.
There were certainly aspects I appreciated.
My personal deficits didn't allow me to internalize much of this. I harbor doubts I am the ideal reader for Frost's dialogue's in verse, there's hardship and an embittered politeness about the course of events. I was sometimes struck by a line, an image. This appeared to pass as further rituals were plumbed over the course of a dialog
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LJ
Oct 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, male_author
I've loved Frost's poems for years. "Birches," "A Road Not Taken," a version of which I've sung, "Time to Talk," are just a few of my favorites. ...more
E. G.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
--The Pasture

A Boy's Will
--Into My Own
--Ghost House
--My November Guest
--Love and a Question
--A Late Walk
--Stars
--Storm Fear
--Wind and Window Flower
--To the Thawing Wind
--A Prayer in Spring
--Flower-Gathering
--Rose Pogonias
--Waiting
--In a Vale
--A Dream Pang
--In Neglect
--The Vantage Point
--Mowing
--Going for Water
--Revelation
--The Trial by Existence
--The Tuft of Flowers
--Pan with Us
--The Demiurge's Laugh
--Now Close the Windows
--In Hardwood Groves
--A Line-Storm Song
--October
--My Butterfly
--Reluctance
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L.G. Cullens
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: exceptional
An old favorite I've returned to many times. ...more
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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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