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The Poetry of Robert Frost (Collected Poems, Complete & Unabridged)

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The only comprehensive gathering of Frost's published poetry, this affordable volume offers the entire contents of his eleven books of verse, from A Boy's Will (1913) to In the Clearing (1962). Frost scholar Lathem, who was also a close friend of the four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, scrupulously annotated the 350-plus poems in this collection, which has been the standard e
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Paperback, 607 pages
Published March 15th 1979 by Henry Holt & Company (first published 1969)
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Teresa I would love to know what poetry you feel is not "very lame." Maybe Frost just isn't your style. To me, he's one of the only poets who can truly hold…moreI would love to know what poetry you feel is not "very lame." Maybe Frost just isn't your style. To me, he's one of the only poets who can truly hold my attention and take me into the beautiful pictures that he paints.(less)

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Lena
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.


Robert Frost was a genius.
Julie
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not that I have a favourite Robert Frost poem -- he's not that kind of fellow. Yes, there are many "quotable quotes" that people bandy about; but again, he's not that kind of fellow. I dip into this collection again and again, when I want the world to slow down a little, and I just want to dream away a few hours, an afternoon. These are especially good on snowy, blustery, mid-winter afternoons when there is nothing to do, and nowhere to go. And in the evening, you stop by a wood, ... lovely ...more
Jan-Maat
I was intrigued to learn that Frost and Edward Thomas had met and spent time together in England before the first world war following on from a review of some of Frost's poetry by Thomas. I feel both that in some way that the two of these people are now coming together in my understanding is a sign both of the deficiencies in my education and that luckily there is ever more to discover about the world. I believe "The Road not taken" was inspired by some of the walks the two went on and that Fro ...more
Ted
Feb 19, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently working my way through this book, which is the standard edition of his collected poetry. Should be done some time in 2018.




Frost in 1941


Below are the nine collections of poetry the book contains, the year the collection was published, and links to separate reviews of the collections, for those I've read and reviewed. These reviews will primarily be comprised of quotations of some of the poems I enjoyed most, with perhaps some additional comments.


(1) A Boy's Will, 1913 - review

(2) No
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Grey853
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Robert Frost wrote some stunning and thought provoking poems. Almost everyone has heard of "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" or "The Road Not Taken", but one of my all time favorites is "Desert Places". The last verse:

"They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars--on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places."



Jody
Aug 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poetry lovers
Shelves: favorites, poetry
I think it's this version I have an old copy of this book. My grandma gave it to me for Christmas many years ago. I love Robert Frost. He's my first favorite poet and my favorite poem will always be The Road Not Taken. "And I, I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference." RF is my reason for loving words I think.
Amy
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Robert Frost has the most beautiful poetry! My dad used to read to me from this book every night before bed and it has been a fovorite ever since. When I was little my favorite one was The pasture. Now I love "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, 5
And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
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Elizabeth
Oh, if there were only the words to express how I feel about Frost. There aren't the right words nor near enough. However, I do enjoy reading his poems. They buoy me.

I am usually a lover of short poems, yet, even in his longer poems a line or two will reverberate.

Most will recommend "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening", "The Road Not Taken" or "Nothing Gold Can Stay". There are reasons why they would recommend these poems, as they have merit. Yet, these are not the only poems worth their keep
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Nick
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
He expertly articulates and captures those feelings inspired in us as children.
Wonderment and Beauty, Innocence, and Joyfulness, but also and equally, Loneliness Isolation and Desperation. Wisdom and Naivety.

Reading Frost is like traveling across New England With two people. The First incarnation a small enthusiastic and expressive child awe struck by the simple beauty of the landscape and changing seasons as he passes them by yearning to run ahead and spy what lay beyond the next bend.

The Seco
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Charles
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My November Guest

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for
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Timothy Muller
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
It may seem strange to allot only four stars to such a great poet. However, for me, there are (more or less) two Frosts. Actually, there are three Frosts, but the third is not a very important consideration.

To take the third first, this is the Frost of lighter, often satirical poetry, as in, for example “A Case for Jefferson.” This kind of verse is not really Frost’s strong suit and I think his reputation might rest a little higher had he not published it. However, virtually all poets publish ma
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LJ
Oct 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, male_author
I've loved Frost's poems for years. "Birches," "A Road Not Taken," a version of which I've sung, "Time to Talk," are just a few of my favorites.
s.p
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, nature
Robert Frost is the Thomas Kinkade of poetry.
Vicky Hunt
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully performed masterpieces!

(I read the Audible and Kindle version)

It was. a pleasure to discover more of the lovely poetry of one of my favorite poets. I'd memorized "Stopping by Woods" in grade school. I'd no idea what waited hidden among the rest. The Hired Man, The Impulse, and so many more jewels like hidden treasure saved for a later time in my life. Maybe I'd not have appreciated them as much as a child. But, many will certainly move you to tears.

My favorite was probably "In the Ho
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Jack Wolf
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

Ah those classic lines are music to my ears
Madeline
Feb 15, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked Robert Frost a lot more when I thought he was just writing about farms, and taking nice walks, and stopping in various wooded areas on nights of inclement weather.

After three class discussions of his poems, I am dismayed to learn that it's all a hell of a lot more complicated than that. Dammit.

But he's nice when I don't have to worry about the deep philosophical meaning of birches and can just enjoy the nice comfortable feeling his poems give me. Here, have a random excerpt.

From "Birch
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E
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Lines from Frost seem to stick in my mind forever since studying him in high school and college and graduate school. And one of my favorite of his poems is "The Death of the Hired Man," which is about work, family, compassion, forgiveness, and home. When Warren and Mary disagree about the definition of "home," it is the second definition of home below (Mary's) that always brings tears to my eyes.


" 'Home is the place where, when you have to go there,/
They have to take you in.’/

‘I should have ca
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Marit.W15
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
It wasn't my favorite Poetry book i have read! But it wasn't to bad.
Destiny Justus
There are numerous poems throughout this book by Robert Frost. The stories the poems create are simple and understandable. Even the longer poems that spread over a few pages are easy to get through if you want to.
My favorite poem in the book is "Leaves compared with Flowers." It was memorable and I had once had it memorized. Works like these bring meaning to poems and cause me personally to want to read more.
Cara
While striking, unique, scattered with profound verse, I just couldn't jive with you Mr. Frost. I flipped through this book, because honestly I'm not going to read 600 pages of random Robert Frost. So, I started by just checking out all the classic Frost poems from: "The Road Not Taken", "Fire and Ice", "Dust of Snow", to "Birches". They are pretty. I actually enjoyed a few of them, thought they were unique and beautiful, especially, "Death of a Hired Man" and "A Considerable Speck".

I learned t
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Judy
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads, poetry
A wonderful collection of Robert Frost's poetry and 2 plays. In hindsight, I wish I would have kept a running list of the poems I loved the most. Of course,The Road Not Taken would be right up there among the best. One of his later poems I enjoyed was The Milky Way is a Cowpath. I love Frost's sense of humor; he never seems to take himself (or anything) too seriously compared to some poets. He never seems to be overwrought about any subject which makes his work easier to relax with. I prefer his ...more
Matt
The Poetry of Robert Frost is the entirety of the great American poet’s published work, an authoritative volume that is structured to show his progression from his earliest work to his last—with a little exception at the end. However for those who have only read Frost in school, like me, you will be in for a surprise because the poems in English and/or Literature class are a deceptive selection of his complete works. While this complete book of Robert Frost’s work is wonderful for poetry enthusi ...more
Carol
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Whose woods these are...I think I know,
His house is in the village though
He will not mind me stopping here to watch
his woods fill up with snow
my little horse must think it queer
to stop without a farmhouse near
between the woods and frozen lake
the darkest evening of the year. When I had to memorize Frost in High School, little did I know how thankful I would be to carry these words
with me wherever I go. Hopefully, my students feel the same way after
they labored to memorize the poems I assigned.
If
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Kent
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Perhaps I am just not a poetry guy. I enjoyed very few of this collection. I liked only slightly more than that, and actually understood only a few more than that number. The most understood poems, and seemingly the very few that communicated purpose and meaning to me, happen to include the three or four that other reviewers list as their favorites, and I suppose they were mine also. Beyond those, Frost's work leaves me wondering why all the fuss. My apologies to the throng of "Frost Lovers" eve ...more
Huda AbuKhoti
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Strangely enough my favorite poems weren't really related to nature. Robert Frost first got me with his poem "fire and ice." I thought I knew what I was expecting before I started reading the poems, I was wrong though. Not that I was disappointed in the content, it's just most of his poems are different than that particular one, which was my favorite.

Beautiful collection of genius poetry.
John
Oct 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of course, this book has all the old favorites, all the great masterpieces. But one of my favorite poems is the relatively obscure "An Old Man's Winter Night." That poem amazes me every time I read it...
Zachary
Mar 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Frost represents all that's wrong with American literature. Frost did write some beautiful poetry about the weather, but it was overshadowed by cliches of American life and useless descriptions of rural New Hampshire.
Lafcadio
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Newt
Incredible index by title and first line. I always find something new and exciting in this book every time I open it.
A.L. Goulden
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first poet I knew. I memorized. I quoted. I was nine and he was everything.
Kris Spisak
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found out recently that my yet-to-be-born son can hear the world around him. What a better introduction to poetry, rhythm, nature, and language than Robert Frost. I love this collection.
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Flinty, moody, plainspoken and deep, Robert Frost was one of America's most popular 20th-century poets. Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire when, at the age of 38, he sold the farm, uprooted his family and moved to England, where he devoted himself to his poetry. His first two books of verse, A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914), were immediate successes. In 1915 he returned to the ...more
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“They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars—on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.”
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“I would not come in.
I meant not even if asked,
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