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Poet Spotlight: Robert Frost

Recommended Poetry Book: Frost: Poems by Robert Frost, edited by John Hollander

Lived: 1874-1963

Favourite Quote:

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

Selected Poem: Into My Own

Closing Stanzas:

I do not see why I should e’er turn back, / Or those should not set forth upon my track / To overtake me, who should miss me here / And long to know if I still held them dear.

They would not find me changed from him they knew— / Only more sure of all I thought was true.

Reflection

Robert Frost gives life to the cold. He reminds me of winter and autumn; of hope as the light fades. He highlights simplicity with complexity and is attentive to the actions of humans and what may lie behind them. He understands the importance of solitude and what it means to find oneself. Frost’s encouragement of solitude is an encouragement for self-discovery and evolution.

Other Poems:

  • Brown’s Descent (Or “The Willy-Nilly Slide”)
  • The Sound of Trees
  • The Road Not Taken
  • The Oven Bird
  • A Star in a Stoneboat
  • Fire and Ice
  • A Boundless Moment
  • An Old Man’s Winter Night
  • Mending Wall

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