Robert Frost (Critical Insights)

Robert Frost (Critical Insights)

Morris Dickstein


This name provides in-depth severe discussions of his lifestyles and works. extensively celebrated in the course of his lifetime because the maximum dwelling American poet, Robert Frost is still one of many few poets whose paintings is loved by way of students and normal readers alike. A checklist 4 time winner of the Pulitzer Prize who gave readings throughout the USA and in nations as remote as England, Brazil, and Russia, Frost is however recognized now not as a sophisticated yet as a plainspoken portraitist of rural New England. but regardless of this popularity, Frost is way greater than a neighborhood poet: his wit, irony, and willingness to leisure in ambiguity make him a poet of the cosmic and common. within the age of Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot, he stood by myself in writing a poetry that used to be concurrently available, complicated, and profound. Edited and with an advent through Morris Dickstein, special Professor of English on the Graduate middle of town college of recent York and senior fellow of the heart for the arts, this quantity within the ""Critical Insights"" sequence brings jointly quite a few severe views on Frost's lifestyles and works. For readers new to Frost, 4 unique essays offer helpful context for knowing and assessing his paintings. jointly they define the work's ancient and cultural contexts, survey the key items of Frost feedback, learn Frost's dating with modernist poetics, and look at how his use of paradox and contradiction perform and fluctuate from the use proven by way of Whitman and Emerson. 9 different formerly released essays deepen readers' realizing and supply a sampling of the foremost issues of up to date Frost critics. between those essays, David Sanders attracts on Frost's letters and interviews to appreciate how he constructed his poetic voice from cautious commentary of his New England buddies and the way he sought to make those humans noticeable in the becoming mass tradition of 20th century the United States. Roger Gilbert extra examines Frost's poetics in his dialogue of the recurrence of the trope of the stroll in Frost's poetry, concluding that, for Frost, the trope parallels the dynamic act of poetic composition. different essays learn Frost's politics, with Frank Lentricchia contemplating how his poetry, with its emphasis on replicating the rhythms of daily speech instead of conventional conceptions of the literary, provides proof to the proposal that poetics could be a check in of social and political switch, and Tyler B. Hoffman delivering a distinct interpreting of Frost's view of industrialism and the hot Deal, arguing that Frost used to be no longer the archconservative that leftist critics have made him out to be yet particularly took a hugely nuanced view of the poet's duties to politics. Jeff Westover extends this vein of feedback through dissecting Frost's nationalism, and Robert Bernard Hass discusses how Frost's curiosity in technological know-how, specially astronomy, impacted the non secular ideals his mom inculcated in him as a baby. Uniquely, this quantity additionally includes an unique piece via Paris evaluate contributor Elizabeth Gumport, who bargains a writer's standpoint on Frost's fierce independence. Rounding out the gathering is a short biography and chronology of Frost's lifestyles and an in depth bibliography for readers wishing to check the poet's paintings in higher intensity. every one essay is 5,000 phrases in size, and all essays finish with an inventory of 'Works Cited', in addition to endnotes.

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