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Going by Contraries: Robert Frost's Conflict with Science
     

Going by Contraries: Robert Frost's Conflict with Science

by Robert Bernard Hass
 

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The ascendancy of science pushed aside Emerson's view of nature as an analogue for a kind and benevolent deity and led to a spiritual crisis that Robert Frost attempted to address in his work. Hass (English, Edinboro U. of Pennsylvania) argues that this was the central concern of Frost's work throughout his career. Frost consistently argued that poetry must seek to

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The ascendancy of science pushed aside Emerson's view of nature as an analogue for a kind and benevolent deity and led to a spiritual crisis that Robert Frost attempted to address in his work. Hass (English, Edinboro U. of Pennsylvania) argues that this was the central concern of Frost's work throughout his career. Frost consistently argued that poetry must seek to find a consistent rationality that strives towards wisdom and firmly rejected Poe's conception of poetry as mere ornament or the more revolutionary conceptions of the American Modernists. Hass traces Frost's career as one in which he slowly overcame his fear of materialism and was able to restore his religious faith. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The ascendancy of science pushed aside Emerson's view of nature as an analogue for a kind and benevolent deity and led to a spiritual crisis that Robert Frost attempted to address in his work. Hass (English, Edinboro U. of Pennsylvania) argues that this was the central concern of Frost's work throughout his career. Frost consistently argued that poetry must seek to find a consistent rationality that strives towards wisdom and firmly rejected Poe's conception of poetry as mere ornament or the more revolutionary conceptions of the American Modernists. Hass traces Frost's career as one in which he slowly overcame his fear of materialism and was able to restore his religious faith. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Jay PariniMiddlebury College

One of the strongest books on Frost I’ve read, Going by Contraries is full of interesting readings of many overlooked poems and full of arguments that place Frost in the tradition of American nature writing more squarely than any previous work has done. Hass is exactly right when he suggests that in the poetry of Frost, a human being is capable of surmounting ‘our cosmic loneliness,’ reclaiming nature by projecting on it the ‘saving structures’ that give it meaning.... Hass has written an intellectual history of Frost’s poetry, and this has long been needed.

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ISBN-13:
9780813921112
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
05/29/2002
Series:
Under the Sign of Nature Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"One of the strongest books on Frost I've read, Going by Contraries is full of interesting readings of many overlooked poems and full of arguments that place Frost in the tradition of American nature writing more squarely than any previous work has done. Hass is exactly right when he suggests that in the poetry of Frost, a human being is capable of surmounting 'our cosmic loneliness,' reclaiming nature by projecting on it the 'saving structures' that give it meaning.... Hass has written an intellectual history of Frost's poetry, and this has long been needed." -- Jay PariniMiddlebury College, author of Robert Frost: A Life

Jay PariniMiddlebury College

One of the strongest books on Frost I’ve read, Going by Contraries is full of interesting readings of many overlooked poems and full of arguments that place Frost in the tradition of American nature writing more squarely than any previous work has done. Hass is exactly right when he suggests that in the poetry of Frost, a human being is capable of surmounting ‘our cosmic loneliness,’ reclaiming nature by projecting on it the ‘saving structures’ that give it meaning.... Hass has written an intellectual history of Frost’s poetry, and this has long been needed.

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Robert Bernard Hass is Assistant Professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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