Robert Frost in Context

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Mark Richardson
Cambridge University Press, Apr 14, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 406 pages
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This new critical volume offers a fresh, multifaceted assessment of Robert Frost's life and works. Nearly every aspect of the poet's career is treated: his interest in poetics and style; his role as a public figure; his deep fascination with science, psychology, and education; his peculiar and difficult relation to religion; his investments, as thinker and writer, in politics and war; the way he dealt with problems of mental illness that beset his sister and two of his children; and, finally, the complex geo-political contexts that inform some of his best poetry. Contributors include a number of influential scholars of Frost, but also such distinguished poets as Paul Muldoon, Dana Gioia, Mark Scott, and Jay Parini. Essays eschew jargon and employ highly readable prose, offering scholars, students, and general readers of Frost a broadly accessible reference and guide.
 

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Contents

The Figure Frosts Prose Makes
14
Pitching into Poetry
29
Robert Frosts Design
49
The Lay of the Land in Frosts Steeple Bush
62
Robert Frost and Modernism
85
Frost and Modern Drama
92
Frost and the Masque Tradition
99
Frost and Anthologies
107
The PostReconstruction Frost
180
Robert Frost and the First World War
190
Robert Frost and the Second World War
198
Frost and the Cold War
207
Figures of the Tourist and Guide in Frost
225
Contexts
241
The Derry Years of Robert Frost
263
Frost and Education
281

Robert Frost
114
Frosts
123
Robert Frost and Pragmatism
135
Frost and the Provocation of Religion
142
Frost and the Bible
151
Frosts Political Identity
163
Frost and the Great Depression
171
The Book Trade Collectors and Fine
297
Robert Frost as Pundit
317
Frost and Astronomy
333
Metaphor and Mental
351
Robert Frost Women and Children
369
Further Reading
389
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Mark Richardson is Professor of English at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He is the author of The Ordeal of Robert Frost (1997); co-editor, with Richard Poirier, of Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays (1995); and editor of The Collected Prose of Robert Frost (2007). He is also co-editor of a forthcoming three-volume edition of Frost's letters.

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