Homage to Robert Frost

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Three of our generation's greatest poets explore the misconceptions and mythologies that surround Robert Frost.

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Overview

Three of our generation's greatest poets explore the misconceptions and mythologies that surround Robert Frost.

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"I closed the book delighted and grateful and amazed by how wide the net cast by literature is, how deeply lasting and transforming poetry can be, how many interpretations there can be of a thing that is well-made and honest, and what a pure, telescopic activity writing poetry is."—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The particular usefulness of this attractive triptych is that the non-native perspectives it offers cast fresh light on an elusive American poet . . . Brodsky, Heaney, and Walcott scrape off the encrusted grime of superficial opinions to uncover Frost's originality and strength. Incidentally, the book is graced by marvelously telling photographic images of Frost at the start of each essay."—Phoebe Pettingell, The New Leader

"Certainly no poet could ask for better critics than these three Nobel laureates.. . . These pieces are criticism as an art form, and a superb invitation to explore the work of a great American poet."—Publishers Weekly

Los Angeles Times Book Review Susan Salter Reynolds

I closed the book delighted and grateful and amazed by how wide the net cast by literature is, how deeply lasting and transforming poetry can be, how many interpretations there can be of a thing that is well-made and honest, and what a pure, telescopic activity writing poetry is.
The New Leader Phoebe Pettingell

The particular usefulness of this attractive triptych is that the non-native perspectives it offers cast fresh light on an elusive American poet . . . Brodsky, Heaney, and Walcott scrape off the encrusted grime of superficial opinions to uncover Frost's originality and strength. Incidentally, the book is graced by marvelously telling photographic images of Frost at the start of each essay.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Three Nobel laureates reappraise the great poet. Sept.
Kirkus Reviews
A laurel wreath for Frost hoisted by several Nobel laureates whose own poetry is published regularly by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. That said, the pickings are mostly good.

Brodsky, Heaney, and Walcott reconsider the poet as a symbolic figure who did much of the work himself in promoting the evolution of his symbolism. As Walcott puts it, Frost seemed, and to some remains, "the icon of Yankee values," suggestive of "the smell of wood smoke, the sparkle of dew, the reality of farmhouse dung, the jocular honesty of an uncle." All three of the essayists complicate or refute this cliché through the act of criticism. The late, Russian-born Brodsky's piece, "On Grief and Reason," included in his 1995 essay collection of the same title, is the most precise, unaffected, and clarifying of the lot, discussing two poems in detail to illuminate Frost's great reserves of inner "terror." Irish poet Heaney, like Brodsky, calls on the metaphor of brimming over to observe, in "Above the Brim," how Frost's poetic "performance succeeded fully only when it launched itself beyond skill and ego into a run of energy." His comments on the Frost poem "To Earthward" are especially rousing. Walcott's piece, "The Road Taken," is more facile and less scrutinizing. He generalizes about Frost's work as a whole, based on a long acquaintance with it, and tussles briefly with the poet's alleged racism, concluding, "A great poem is a state of raceless, sexless, timeless grace." Perhaps, but won't some readers hold out hope nonetheless for a literary fate less fatuous?

Bound together in one book, these accomplished poets and critics give off a strong whiff of cultural conservatism in an era also interesting for the critical adventures of Andrew Ross and bell hooks. A reader or a critic or a poet would be well advised to read more of Brodsky, Heaney, and Walcott—but also to consult and consort with some true icon-smashers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374525248
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,002,634
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

The poets Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987, 1995, and 1992, respectively.

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