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Frost: Poems

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From one of the most brilliant and widely read of all American poets, a generous selection of lyrics, dramatic monologues, and narrative poems--all of them steeped in the wayward and isolated beauty of Frost's native New England. Includes his classics "Mending Wall, " "Birches, " and "The Road Not Taken, " as well as poems less famous but equally great.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 24th 1997 by Everyman's Library (first published January 1st 1997)
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Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Do you favor sophisticated wisdom?
Recommended to Dolors by: A very dear friend
Shelves: read-in-2017, poetry
Frost’s response to the approach of modern schools that sang the praises of free verse is palpable in this chronological selection of his best known poems.
Frost sustains that form is a requirement for the poet and to preserve its aesthetics is his main duty.
Following this train of thought, there is nothing impulsive in Frost’s poems. The mundane aspects of daily life lose their ordinariness when they are delivered in encompassed rhymed and rigorously structured verse.
The topics that concern Fro
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I read this book in 2 tries. The first time I didn't get past the first 20 pages or so. Somehow the idyllic landscapes and contemplative journeys seemed boring, and for some reason I didn't get a lot of things. Don't know whether that was because of the language barrier, or because it was poetry...

However, I tried again, and very glad I did. Had to push myself a little to get through the beginning, but then I just got sucked into Frost's world. Man! He has a way of telling an entire story in a
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As usual with poets, I’d like to dedicate most of this review to the life of the poet since that often explains motives and style.

Robert Lee Frost was born on March 26th in 1874 in San Francisco.
His father was first a teacher and later an editor for the "San Francisco Evening Bulletin". In 1885, when Frost was 11, his father died of tuberculosis, leaving the family with just eight dollars (no idea how since even then editors were usually well paid) so he and his mother moved to Massachusetts to
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-books
Lionel Trilling said in his introduction of Anna Karennina (1951) "To comprehend unconditioned spirit is not so very hard, but there is no knowledge rarer than the understanding of spirit as it exists in the inescapable conditions which the actual and the trivial make for it". Trilling might have been talking about Frost, because in his poetry, the actual and trivial fully embodies a spirit both universal and particular.

Frost is often the opposite of the expansive, pantheistic and self-referenti
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, classics
It's a little unconventional, but my favorite Frost poem has to be wind and window flower.

When I think of the man, I recite:

She a window flower,
And he a winter breeze.

Even though many other poems are immensely popular, hell, I have fire and ice memorize ten million times better than wind and window flower, but when I read wind and window flower, there is such a helpless sad feeling, like grasping love when you can before it's gone.

Morning found the breeze
A hundred miles away

There is just such a
I don't read a lot of poetry, but I do have some favorites, and Frost is one of them. I find that his poems often speak to my heart, and resonate with something inside me, sometimes in ways I don't fully understand until much later. It is only on reflection, for example, that his "Good-by and Keep Cold" seems to me to bring some deeper insight into raising children and the need to allow them space to grow from adversity, and trust that God will bring them through.

"Into My Own" reflects what I h
Elena Sala
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This wonderful little collection of Robert Frost's poetry includes mostly poems from his first three books: A BOY'S WILL, NORTH OF BOSTON and MOUNTAIN INTERVAL.
Most poems apparently recount a rural incident or focus on the natural world. They are deceptively simple, however. Frost uses evasion and metaphors in such ways that meaning does not emerge clearly upon a first (or second) reading. He dwells on points of miscommunication, in the isolation of every act of speech and in the gaps that canno
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-favourites
'Was there even a cause too lost,
Ever a cause that was lost too long,
Or that showed with the lapse of time to vain
For the generous tears of youth and song?'

frost, frost, frost.
nothing more profound than the simplicity of his words.
how do you manage to band together such emotional turmoil from just stringing together 26 alphabets and barely any punctuation?
Ricardo Signes
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
Wonderful. If you read Frost in high school and weren't impressed, try again. His poems' stark simplicity and unsentimental tone really hit home with me.
JD Estrada
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dense collection, this is one I'd recommend to people who are already into poetry. This is not for someone who is trying to get into poetry, a comment I would also say of Emily Dickinson.

Richly worded, it is also not easy on the reader and demands a level of attention that might turn people off. I don't share this as a bash against the collection or Frost, but just so that people can have a warning before diving in. As I continue to read more and more poetry, I learn what I like, what I enjoy
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Collection.

This was a very good collection of poetry, by the great Robert Frost. If you enjoy any of his works, or merely poetry in general, this is a good book to pick up. Five stars.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frost is my fav poet. Reviews would have been biased, so no reviews.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2017
Some poems were really nice and some were not my cup of tea at all.
Michael Arnold
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Great little pocket book, and one of my favourite poets.
Rachel Humphrey
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I officially do not like Frost's poetry. It really felt like a chore to get through this small book. One poem clicked with me, ONE. One that seemed clever and told a story. The rest were so tedious and lacked clarity.
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm not quite sure what exactly it is about Robert Frost, but his poetry just resonates completely through to my soul, as corny as that may sound. Maybe it's that he writes quite a bit about rural folk or maybe it's that he writes so beautifully and profoundly about the natural world. His writing is pure and simple beauty. I also love his conversational works like "Home Burial," "The Death of a Hired Man," and "The Generations of Men."

I just enjoy his poetry so incredibly much. It's perfect for
Haley Wynn
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Robert Frost: An eloquent and somber poet, a user of brash and metallic sentences, and an overall conjurer of vivid illustrations. I have a rather long history with Frost; I was first introduced to his poem "Mending Wall" whilst enrolled in an English course through college; at first I completely, with all of my being, despised and even loathed the poem (as well as its author) and could not bring myself to enjoy it or connect to it. One day, maybe bipolarity had set in, I looked back into Robert ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
This book was my first foray into poetry. I chose Robert Frost because he was known to write about his New England surroundings. One poem I found I liked was My November Guest. This poem touched me because I’m surrounded by evidence of the changes of weather and plant life. Everywhere I drive I feel like I’m walking under the arm of seasonal happenings.

Going for Water is another poem I liked. It’s probably because it references to our current season is why I noted it. The rhythm of the lines was
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic, poem
All crying, 'We will go with you, O Wind!'
The foliage follow him, leaf and stem;
But a sleep oppresses them as they go,
And they end by bidding them as they go,
And they end by bidding him stay with them.

Since ever they flung abroad in spring
The leaves had promised themselves this flight,
Who now would fain seek sheltering wall,
Or thicket, or hollow place for the night.

And now they answer his summoning blast
With an ever vaguer and vaguer stir,
Or at utmost a little reluctant whirl
That drops them no f
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
In this quaint collections of poems, Frost proves colloquialism in poetry can be powerful and moving to readers of all ages. Having "a lover's quarrel with the world" was certainly an influential state of mind for him to have been in to allow his dramatic and lyrical genius to take center stage. The scenic renderings of rural life are pictures of literary perfection. My favorite compositions include The Pauper Witch of Grafton, October, The Sound of the Trees, Snow Dust, Fragmentary Blue, and Th ...more
Jared Della Rocca
I preface this by saying---I'm not that into poetry. So Frost takes a knock purely because of his chosen style. BUT as far as poetry goes, Frost is pretty damn good at what he does. You don't need a shovel to dig into the meaning of the poems (I'm looking at you, Rimbaud), but he also doesn't just leave it at the surface, so you sometimes have to bring some mental power to it. The poems are easy-to-read and pleasant, and Frost just seems like someone who keeps it real. Oh, and I drive past his o ...more
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I went through a phase after my senior year of college when I was living on my own, all of my friends had left town for . . . well ever, and I had alot of time by myself when I got out of work each day. I found this book and the Emily Dickinson versions in a box and started reading. Poetry really seems to be especially meaningful to me when I'm alone and lonely (which isn't unusual since that seems to also be the prime condition to be in when writing poetry). Needless to say, and excellent colle ...more
Benjamin Vineyard
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A fantastic collection of some of Frost's work. My father has many of these memorized, and while I can't keep them as close to mind as he, I carried this pocket book around for a month and dwelt with Frost and Frost's visions. I began to see new things, see, perhaps, a glimpse of what my father has seen for decades.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked several of the poems in this book, but certainly not all of them. In fact, by the time I got to the end, I was pretty much ready to be done reading Frost for a while. Still, the ones that I did like, I thought about eventually committing them to memory. And now, being the slacker that I am, I don't even remember their titles. Which means I should probably buy the book anyway.
Shane Moore
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A lot of poetry can be difficult, inaccessible, or confusing. Some of it is just dull. Robert Frost's poems have clear immediate meanings, and sometimes more under the surface too. He does remarkable things with common words, without seeming pretentious or self-congratulatory.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's Robert Frost. What more needs to be said?
Jessica Christian
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love poetry, and Robert frost is one of my favorites. It's been awhile since I read anything by frost, but I'm so glad I did I loved it.
Aug 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amanda by: Dad
I read this in spurts, but my favorite poem is Flower Gathering (which I keep rereading).
Karen Anna Vogel
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I keep this little book on the coffee table. When I'm cooped up inside on a snowy day, I read his many nature poems and feel like I'm outside. Just so relaxing.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been reading poetry books for a couple years now,and I have heard only a few from Frost. After reading this, I want to read more books like this, I especially liked his poem 'December'.
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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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