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John F. Kennedy said of Robert Frost: "He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding." A four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Frost created a new poetic language that has a deep and timeless resonance.In addition to Robert Frost's first three books, this collection includes eighteen earlJohn F. Kennedy said of Robert Frost: "He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding." A four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Frost created a new poetic language that has a deep and timeless resonance.In addition to Robert Frost's first three books, this collection includes eighteen early poems that did not appear in his eleven books of poetry and have rarely been reprinted. Some of these express the idealism of youth inspired by heroic figures of the past. Others are love poems to Elinor White, whom he married in 1895.This book features a deluxe cover, ribbon marker, top stain, and decorative endpapers with a nameplate....

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Robert Frost Selected Poems Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-05-03 01:03

    I love this book. And I love the way in which Frost writes poetry. The success of the poems resides in their ability to speak to the reader; they have a certain sense of universal quality as they evoke profound mental states. He does this through using objects, often natural ones, to describe a certain human emotion or feeling. A tree in the wind embodies indecision and the inability to move on. A road split in two represents a part of the human experience that I can now only think of in the terms Frost put them in. I am, of course, referring to one of his most famous poems:"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled by,And that has made all the difference.”I remember the first time I read those lines, I was wrought with regret: regret for a decision I had not yet made. And that bespeaks the power of these words. They are beyond time and place; they demonstrate the interconnectedness of all things: they strike directly at conformity. Memory and regret can be triggered by such a simple image, one that Frost has captured all so perfectly. Although a modernist writer, Frost did not abandon all poetical tradition like his peers. His writing is a hybrid of new and old. The language is simple and direct, though it also carries with it the weight of the past. At times he writes in blank verse and at other times he experiments with form and style. For me this speaks of a certain sense of integrity; he was not quite ready to turn his back on generation, after generation, of poetical tradition: he used it to inform and improve his modern work. It also means that his poetry does not all feel the same; some poems are vastly different to each other. This meant that the collection stayed rather fresh even towards the end. I read this book over a number of years. I first picked it up back in 2015 and I think my appreciation of Frost has only grown since. Whilst he is not my favourite poet, I certainly count him amongst my top five. I just love the way he uses the natural world.

  • Fareya
    2019-05-23 23:06

    It is not without excellent reason that Robert Frost is considered one of the greatest American poets of the century. What impresses me most about his poems is the usage of simple and colloquial words to portray ordinary, everyday incidents that have a deeper, denser meaning hidden within. Clear and conversational lines conceal subtle philosophies on life and complex social issues at their core. Also, I find myself completely drawn to the stunning picture he paints with his expressive poems on nature and those beautiful, beautiful illustrations of the New England seasons and scenery. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", "The Road Not Taken" and "Fire and Ice" are some of Frost's most read and loved poems. But along with these, and many more of course, one that really stands out as a personal favorite is "Reluctance" Out through the fields and the woods And over the walls I have wended;I have climbed the hills of view And looked at the world, and descended;I have come by the highway home, And lo, it is ended.The leaves are all dead on the ground, Save those that the oak is keepingTo ravel them one by one And let them go scraping and creepingOut over the crusted snow, When others are sleeping.And the dead leaves lie huddled and still, No longer blown hither and thither;The last lone aster is gone; The flowers of the witch hazel wither;The heart is still aching to seek, But the feet question ‘Whither?’Ah, when to the heart of man Was it ever less than a treasonTo go with the drift of things, To yield with a grace to reason,And bow and accept the end Of a love or a season?

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-21 03:03

    Since I was a little girl, Frost could do no wrong. He still can't. The cadence of his lines, the lucidity of his poetry, always transports me. I'm a little upset that my edition isn't listed here on GR though. Mine has quite a few more poems from his earlier and later life.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-24 22:26

    I enjoyed the themes rather than the actual poetry. Frost seems to write poems made to be dissected in English classes. Oftentimes they are set up more as short stories, heavy on the dialogue, than poems. In fact, not that I'm a poetry expert, I could not detect what exactly made some of these poems verse rather than just spaced-out prose. I had a difficult time understanding a lot of these poems, but there were some that were really lovely. I'd be interested in rereading this collection in the future, but not picking up any more of Frost's poetry.

  • Laura Verret
    2019-05-22 04:12

    we make ourselves a place apart / behind light words that tease and flout / but oh, the agitated heart / till someone find us really out // 'Revelation'

  • Bethany
    2019-05-18 03:59

    Ah, Robert Frost: the man who convinced me that I hated poetry. Years ago, I was assigned to read some of his poetry for school and, let's just say, I read them as if I was taking cough-syrup. (Note: Why, yes! I hate cough-syrup. I'll never forget the fateful night where I spit a mouthful of it across the bathroom. Good times...) Anyhow, so I didn't enjoy his poems because I was reading them with the wrong attitude &c. If Carl Sandburg hadn't come along later and shown me what a wonderful thing poetry can be, I don't know where I'd be today!So, while rummaging around the attic the other month, I came across this hated volume of poetry and decided to give ol' Robert another try. Guess what? I didn't hate him! He'll never be my favourite poet, but I don't hate him. (I didn't really care for the selections from North of Boston, but the other ones were good! The poem "Birches" was my favourite, I think.)

  • Maggie Roessler
    2019-05-07 01:00

    Drama: awesome. Form: pleasurable. Theme: Got a little fed up with all that personifying nature/alackadaying that nature can't be personified. Here's the best antidote:It's a strange courageyou give me, ancient star:Shine alone in the sunrisetoward which you lend no part!IShine alone, shine nakedly, shine like bronzethat reflects neither my face nor any inner partof my being, shine like fire, that mirrors nothing.IILend no part to any humanity that suffusesyou in its own light.Be not chimera of morning,Half-man, half-star.Be not an intelligence,Like a widow's birdOr an old horse.WALLACE STEVENSNuances of a Theme by Williams

  • Jocelyn
    2019-05-09 05:13

    Robert Frost Selected Poems is a Collection of Robert Frost's work. Some of my Favorite works include, Home Burial, The Death of the Hired Man, The Line Gang, The Axe Helve, and The Black Cottage. I enjoyed these five works the most because it shows how people (in my opinion) think and talk to each other. I think that The Death of the Hired Man is probably my favorite because it goes to show you how some people are stuck in their ways and even when they are offered better, they take the route they know. The Line Gang takes a few reads to grasp. For me, if I don't reread it often, I forget what it means entirely and think of people that are ripping up the forests. I like this poem because it makes you think. The Axe Helve showed that even people that don't know each other that well can care immensely about the other one's safety. In The Axe Helve, the French neighbor that doesn't know the main character very well stops the main character from using his own axe because he (the french neighbor) is afraid for his safety. The French neighbor takes the main character to his house and gives him a better axe for free. The Black Cottage is a reflection of the past that is learned from conversation between two men. The two men talk about the Woman that used to live in the cottage. They talk about the fact that the Woman's children's art is still on the walls. They also say that the children were supposed to visit the house. Overall, I enjoyed this book of poetry. It has nice rhythm and some of the poems have a dark theme. -Jocelyn Kuntz

  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    2019-05-15 01:04

    "One of my wishes is that those dark trees,So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,Were not, as it were, the merest mask of gloom,But stretched away unto the edge of doom.I do not see why I should ever turn back,Or those should not set forth upon my trackTo overtake me, who should miss me hereAnd long to know if still I held them dear.They would not find me changed from him they knew-Only more sure of all I thought was true."I'll be honest, aside from two or three poems, I was previously not a huge fan of Robert Frost. My favorite poet happens to be D.H Lawrence, if anyone was wondering. :) Anywho, I saw this book at Barnes & Noble for super cheap and decided to pick it up. I'm actually glad I did, and even more glad that I read it. This was beautifully formatted, and an impressive selection of some of his best works. If you are a fan of Robert Frost or even just a lover of poetry in general, I would highly recommend this book as it is a beautiful rendition of his poems. I find myself appreciating him a lot more now than I did before, which is always a pretty cool outcome. :)

  • Greg
    2019-05-02 04:14

    I've read and reread this collection, and it has a lot to offer. I still find that my favorite is "Into My Own". I always enjoy a discussion in which no doubt I will eventually say "But the name of that poem is 'The Road Not Taken' and that takes the poem off in a totally different direction." I haven't read a lot of poetry, but have read much Ginsberg ("Howl" is a must for all readers, imho) and Merrill as of late. And so far, I haven't read any poetry collection as good as James Merrill's stunning "A Scattering of Salts." (A five-star rating from me.) This is a relatively new genre from my reading perspective, and I know there is a lot out there just waiting! I already have Merrill's "Late Settings" here at home on my literal "to-read" shelf, but the world is full of unread poetry for me.

  • Sam Kuntz
    2019-04-30 03:58

    Robert Frost: Selected Poems has many long poems and short ones but my favorites were as follows. Mending Wall because it tells how two neighbors build a wall and fix it in the springtime, and how they mend themselves well mending the wall. The Oven Bird because how the oven bird tells you when fall is coming. The poem that I liked the most is The Fear because it builds up suspense and then at the end of the poem it leaves you to imagine what happens. All the types of poems make you feel a certain way that changes the way you think about everyday work. I liked these poems and hope you do too. -Sam Kuntz

  • Missey Wilhelm
    2019-05-23 01:59

    A time to talk.When a friend calls to me from the roadAnd slows his horse to a meaning walk,I don't stand still and look aroundOn all the hills I haven't hoed,And a shout from where I am, What is it?No, not as there is a time to talk.I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,Blade-end up and five feet tall,And plod: I go up to the stone wallFor a friendly visit.What's not to love about a poem or this poet?

  • Shilo
    2019-05-08 23:04

    There were a couple good poems, mostly the ones we all know and love. Overall the only reason I would even consider keeping this book on my shelf is because the cover is so beautiful, but that is not enough for it to take up permanent residence on my bookcase. Sorry Robert Frost, but you were just so-so for me.

  • Washington Vieira
    2019-05-01 01:06

    "A whole generation influenced and moved by a "Boy's will".He has a true juvenile dialogue with his readers.On Greece he shows a remarkable knowledge of History;but my favorite is "The road not taken "a philosophical poetry about the choices we made in our lives".

  • Jennie
    2019-05-18 00:19

    Poetry is not really my thing but I much more prefer Poe over this very nature based stuff. Fire & Ice is still my favorite of Frost's though.

  • Sienna
    2019-05-12 05:17

    This was a great book filled with emotion! Many of the poems made me think about the choices in life more and made me want to keep rereading it. I recommend this book to anyone that loves poetry.

  • Gracebbcs
    2019-05-24 22:13

    his poems are very down-to-earth yet very profound at the same time.I like his sense of humor and wisdom.

  • Margo
    2019-05-07 05:04

    I was kinda bored but I loved "fire and ice" Btw this wasn't my exact edition, mine is a bit shorter, but this was the closest.

  • Bernie Gourley
    2019-05-08 01:07

    This is a collection of collections. It gathers the first three of Robert Frost’s books into one volume. “A Boy’s Will,” “North of Boston,” and “Mountain Interval” are all part of Frost’s early work and they came out in a relatively short span: 1913, 1914, and 1916, respectively. However, one can see definite shifts in the nature of the poems across these collections. The poems of the first collection feature many shorter poems that are rhymed and metered. The middle poems are longer, are largely unrhymed and of varied meter / unmetered, and are often written as extended dialogs that convey a story or a bit of tension from one. The last collection features Frost’s most famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” and contains many poems that are similar to that one in that they have more of the lyric quality of “A Boy’s Will” but take the form of a short meditation. The theme that cuts across these poems is rural New England life. Apple-picking, wall mending, visiting someone in a snowy scene-- these are the kind of events that transpire in this work. Nature features in Frost’s poems, but is largely secondary to the human element—a setting not a subject. I enjoyed this collection, and would highly recommend it for poetry readers.

  • Marybeth
    2019-05-19 06:16

    In the course of my reading life, I have not taken the time to read much poetry. This collection of Robert Frost's poems was at my house, so I decided to read it. I have mixed feelings about this reading experience, because on one hand Frost painted beautiful pictures with few words. However, I feel like I did not fully grasp the meaning of some of the poems.I want to try reading the poetry of Emily Dickinson and E.E. Cummings, so I will be giving poetry reading another try!Final rating: 2.5

  • Sharai Ann
    2019-05-24 00:07

    There are three pieces in this collection that I enjoyed. Unfortunately for Frost, his works do not age well in an era when brooks and rolling hillsides aren’t seen as illustrious or awe-inspiring. I also found his narratives lacked a flow that carried me through his thoughts to the end. There is no clear precision and I’m more confused after every piece. A quick read if just skimming, but to delve into these pieces me costs too much energy to really care.

  • Christina
    2019-05-07 22:25

    So it took me a whole year to read this 100-page book, mostly because I set it aside for about 10 months. I've never been a big poetry fan, it just doesn't resonate with me. But I like how Frost provided character sketches and illustrated life in New England through his poems.

  • Mark Melendez
    2019-04-25 04:13

    Not a fan. Robert Frost is overrated and I am upset I spent $7.98 on this book. Continues to the end because it was short and to give it a chance, well let me save you some time, skip over Frost.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-28 00:17

    I like The Road Not Taken but honestly most of his other poems were difficult to get through. Not for me.

  • Genevieve Larsen
    2019-05-24 02:59

    Good little selection, the sections were useful. Missing a few favorites, but overall a positive read.

  • Betty
    2019-04-25 06:00

    His poetry, at its best, is clear forest, clean sky, crisp apples, the smooth cadences of water, the simplicity and purity of nature. His longer poems, which are usually dialogues in some sort of verse, aren't quite to my taste. Frost at his best is succinct and doesn't take up more than two pages apiece. You could say I prefer him as a poet when he doesn't wax poetic.P.S. Forgive the pun.

  • Sara Whear
    2019-04-28 05:27

    There's a reason Frost is considered one of America's best poets. He just writes like home. Before reading this book, I didn't know that some of his poems are actually more like short stories composed entirely of dialogue, and I really enjoyed many of them.

  • Jim
    2019-05-15 04:09

    I love me some Frost poetry, some of his work nearly ingrained in my brain and among my favorite poems. Not that I love all that he did, and sometimes he seems almost lazy (shame on me), but when he is on there is almost no one as good. To me he always seemed like the guy next door, writing for his love and for his community and getting famous almost be accident.

  • Jennybug
    2019-05-01 02:26

    I'm defiantly not a great poet,and you can bet that I know itReading this book is a challenge and funYet, I'm not quite sure I will ever get doneSo for now on my shelf I'll let it stay And try to visit it again: Come what may!

  • Kiarash Saii
    2019-05-10 22:26

    Robert Frost, A four time winner of the Pulitzer prize for poetry creates a new poetry book called " Selected poems". Along with some poems from his other three books, this book includes at least eighteen of his early poems that were rarely reprinted. His poems range from love poems made for his wife, Elinor White, to express youth inspired by heroic figures such as Hercules.Selected Poems was a very Interesting and a very entertaining book for me, and probably will be one of my most memorable books I've ever read. There are alot of themes from the poems in the book, Selected poems. In the poem,"Summering", the theme is "beauty of simplicity" because it talks about how he goes and small adventure and appreciates the beauty around him. Another I loved about this book was the authors Writing style. His writing style varied on which chapter you were on. For example, In "Early Poems" His writing style was Very imaginative, Descriptive, and overall very inspiring. Also in some poems he had very short brevity sentence structures with alot of similes. However in his second chapter, a Boys Will, His poems seemed to be alot darker and alot more deeper than before. Also his sentence gotten alot lengthier than before. While Robert Frost had many amazing and inspirational poems that I enjoy, I do however have one complaint about his poems. I found that some of his poems like "Greece" had not too much flow to the poem, So when I read the poem, it sounded very awkward.Overall, this book is very good and should be recommended to people that ether love poetry, or want to learn poetry from an expert like Robert Frost.