The Cambridge companion to Robert Frost /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Faggen, Robert.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Faggen (Claremont McKenna College) has collected 12 commendable essays on a range of topics. Two deal with problems associated with Frost's biography, some of which originated with the poet himself. An essay on Frost as a New England poet places him in the context of his predecessors and his contemporaries in the region where he is seen as a not-always-easy fit. A 20-page treatment of Frost's metrics and versification is one of the best of its kind. Another essay is devoted to Frost's notable service to his country as a frequent cultural envoy. Other essays cover such topics as Frost and pastoral tradition, his use of the "meditative lyric," and even his politics during the Cold War. Although important and highly recommended as a present-day collection for undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers, this volume does not supersede earlier ones, notably the comprehensive three-volume Frost: Centennial Essays, compiled at the University of Southern Mississippi, vols. 2-3 ed. by Jac Tharp (CH, Feb'75; Jul'77; Jan'79), which of course covers a wider range of subjects. J. J. Patton emeritus, Atlantic-Cape Community College

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