Much of the recent talk about "The Road NotTaken," Robert Frost's famous poem of 1916,centers on whether the speaker's choice of road really makes "all the difference." The going view is not just that it doesn't, but that it couldn't.
Dan Brown, Frost's "Road" and "Woods" Redux
Source : The New Criterion, April 2007
This essay argues that Robert Frost's poems enact a a poetic and psychic process of of displacing and managing generalized anxiety through converting it into object-specific fear. Click HERE to read An Old Man's Winter Night from PoemHunter
Hinrichsen, L 2008, A Defensive Eye: Anxiety, Fear and Form in the Poetry of Robert Frost,
Source : Journal Of Modern Literature, 31, 3, p. 44, Advanced Placement Source, EBSCOhost,
The poem "Kitty Hawk" recounts past and present visits by the poet to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The reviewer states - "It is an unusual piece in many respects: one of Frost's longest poems; one of the dozen or so most important pieces from the last two volumes" .
Read the poem HERE.
Author : Bagby, GF
Source : 1992, Twentieth Century Literature, 38, 1, p. 1, Advanced Placement Source, EBSCOhost
I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth --
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches' broth --
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.
What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?--
If design govern in a thing so small.
In “Design,” an observation in nature is a source for inquiry into one of the most popular philosophical arguments for the existence of a traditional God: thje argument from design.
“Design” begins with a scene in nature and ends with reflection in the form of a series of questions. These questions are what have allowed for the seeming wiggle room in the design debate surrounding the poem.
By pointing to Frost’s subtle and intricate designer-poet methodology, this article argues that the intricate logic of Frost’s “Design” conveys a message that becomes Frost’s DESIGN apparent when read closely.
Authors : Deirdre Fagan, 2010
Source : Explicator, 68, 1, p. 48-50, 2010, Advanced Placement Source, EBSCOhost
Robert Frost has always presented something of a puzzle for literary critics. Critics are on the whole happier with poets they can "do something" for or to. But what to do about a writer who warns readers in his talk and his verse that he is against "thoroughness" of the systematic intellect and very much in favor of the "instinctive thoroughness" of the woodchuck? Like Yeats he prefers the "crooked straightness" of the butterfly to thought's "gloomy bird of prey"
Review by: Reuben A. Brower
Source : The New England Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Jun., 1961), pp. 243-252