978-0-14-042172-9 / 0140421726

Selected Poems

by Frost, Robert

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd



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From the back cover: 'This selection presents the poetry of Robert Frost in all its aspects. As Ian Hamilton explains in his introduction, Robert Frost has been underrated by being over-simplified and over-praised. Perceived as a plain-dealing (he was even sent by John F. Kennedy to Russia as ambassador), kindly, rural man who spent his time mending walls, mowing or apple-picking, he became America's unofficial poet laureate. Yet his poems are more controversial, less comforting, more self-critical and of greater importance than this image would have us believe. They speak as much of the escapism of isolation as of sturdy self-sufficiency, of a "nerveless, anaesthetized cynicism" than a deep delight in natural rhythms. He was, as Ian Hamilton says, "wholly alive to the ugly, involving elements in his own nature, and now and then depicted these elements with maximum accuracy, without any self-forgiving glossing over or moralistic condemnation.'

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