Lecture 3 - Robert Frost (cont.)

author: Langdon Hammer, Department of English, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: July 1, 2010,   recorded: January 2007,   views: 4676
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In this second lecture on the poetry of Robert Frost, the poet's use of iambic pentameter in "Birches" is discussed. Frost's anti-modernity is evidenced in his interest in rural New England culture and his concern with the lives of laborers in "Home Burial." The failure of humanity to work real change is sardonically depicted in "Provide, Provide," but a hopeful vision of the power of imagination is presented in the final lines of the late poem, "Directive."

Reading assignment:

Robert Frost: "The Oven Bird," "For Once," "Then," "Something," "The Silken Tent," "Never Again Would Bird Song Be the Same," "The Most of It, Fire and Ice," "Acquainted With the Night," "Desert Places," "Neither Out Far Nor In Deep," "Design," "Provide, Provide," "Directive," "The Gift Outright"

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