Frost's Road Taken

Frost's Road Taken

by Robert F. Fleissner
     
 

According to the revived Robert Frost Society Newsletter, Frost is now more in the limelight than ever. By focusing on him first as a Romantic-Realist, Professor Fleissner shows Frost's debt to major British Romantics, Victorians, as well as American poets (the latter being influences not generally known). Dr. Fleissner comes to terms with Frost as a

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According to the revived Robert Frost Society Newsletter, Frost is now more in the limelight than ever. By focusing on him first as a Romantic-Realist, Professor Fleissner shows Frost's debt to major British Romantics, Victorians, as well as American poets (the latter being influences not generally known). Dr. Fleissner comes to terms with Frost as a spiritual writer, stressing his use of the Bible, and discusses a transcription of a Frost manuscript of a new poetic construct. Lastly the author provides an up-to-date account of the poet's relation to multiculturalism in terms of ethnic issues. As the title is meant to convey, the book concerns not a journey assumed merely by a Frost devotee, but Robert Frost's own road being taken, namely that originally traversed by the poet himself and now transformed into essay format.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
«The heart of the collection includes the essays about Frost's relation to various 19th-century poets.» (William Pritchard, Amherst College)
«A valuable edition to Robert Frost scholarship...often unique and even daring...a wide range of insights into Frost's methods and meanings...important links of Frost's works to the 19th-century British poets, particularly the English romantic poets.» (Peter Van Egmond, University of Maryland)
«For the serious student of Robert Frost as well as those who merely enjoy his poetry, Robert Fleissner's book, Frost's Road Taken, is a rich resource. Dr. Fleissner has compared Frost's work to the British...poets, including Wordsworth and Coleridge, as well as some of Frost's contemporaries, including T.S. Eliot, Ridgley Torrence, and the African American poets Gwendolyn Brooks and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, providing insight into their work and worlds» (Joyce Quay)
Booknews
Focusing on Frost as a Romantic-Realist (though in the staunch, New England puritan tradition), the author shows Frost's debt to major British Romantics and Victorians as well as American poets. He discusses Frost as a spiritual writer, his manuscript of a new poetic construct, and his relation to multiculturalism and ethnic issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820431215
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Series:
Modern American Literature Series: New Approaches, #7
Pages:
250

Meet the Author

The Author: Robert F. Fleissner is the author of Dickens and Shakespeare; Resolved to Love: The 1592 Edition fo Henry Constable's 'Diana' Critically Considered; The Prince and the Professor; A Rose by Another Name: A Survey of Literary Flora from Shakespeare to Eco; Ascending the Prufrockian Stair: Studies in a Dissociated Sensibility (Peter Lang, 1988); and T.S. Eliot and the Heritage of Africa: The Magus and the Moor as Metaphor (Peter Lang, 1992). He was also at Robert Frost's Bread Loaf School of English two years to do graduate work.

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