"I have never been good at revising. I always thought I made things worse by recasting and retouching. I never knew what was meant by choice of words. It was one word or none. "
Homage to Robert Frost
(Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney (Contributor), Derek Walcott (Contributor)
Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott, Nobel laureates all, have written perceptive, affectionate, admiring essays on Robert Frost. Eschewing both of the prevailing caricatures of Frost (the irascible but beloved cracker-barrel philosopher and the shallow megalomaniac), these writers pay careful attention to the poems themselves. They open doors into the world of words that Frost constructed, and help readers understand the music and the ideas in those worlds. Derek Walcott's dark reading of Frost's much-quoted classic, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," is alone worth the price of Homage to Robert Frost.
Interviews With Robert Frost
(Robert Frost (Editor), Edward Connery Lathem (Editor))
This book consists of a selection of interviews spanning a period of nearly half a century: from 1915, the year Frost returned to America from England, through 1962, just a few weeks before his death. These interviews have a special importance. They present Frost informally, sometimes casually, yet always in the character of a performer--for performance was ever at the heart of what he aspired to as artist and man: the seeking of an attainment, a mastery, combining both substance and form. Within these interviews is found much of significance that is nowhere else preserved. They contain an invaluable documentation centering upon the life and though of Frost: his views, impressions, and concepts at different times. The best of them capture and project his presence and manner with a directness and vividness that cannot be derived from his works alone nor from recordings of his readings and talks.
Poetry of Robert Frost : The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged
Robert Frost's poetry was always simple and direct, yet strangely deep. This is the only comprehensive volume of Frost's published verse, including the contents of all eleven of his individual books of poetry -- from A Boy's Will (1913) to In the Clearing (1962).
Robert Frost : A Biography
Offering a radical new interpretation of the life of Robert Frost, an incisive biography of the great poet chronicles Frost's private life, including a long-time romance with his secretary, his work, and his influence on modern poetry
Robert Frost : A Life
This fascinating reassessment of America's most popular and famous poet reveals a more complex and enigmatic man than many readers might expect. Jay Parini spent over twenty years interviewing friends of Frost and working in the poet's archives at Dartmouth, Amherst, and elsewhere to produce this definitive and insightful portrait of both the public and private man. While he depicts the various stages of Frost's colorful life, Parini also sensitively explores the poet's psyche, showing how he dealt with adversity, family tragedy, and depression. By taking the reader into the poetry itself, which he reads closely and brilliantly, Parini offers an insightful road map to Frost's remarkable world.