Tag: Robert Frost

Quote of the Day: A Time to Talk

 

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And 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 wall
For a friendly visit.–Robert Frost

Our lives are punctuated, sometimes sweetly, all too often rudely or cruelly, with reminders of how precious others are to us.

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Yesterday was the anniversary of Robert Frost’s birthday lo these many years ago in 1874. I wrote about The pasture, the opening poem of his first famous book. For those who care enough about this matter to wish for more thoughts, I would like to explain a few things I think I have learned about […]

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Folks, this is the anniversary of Frost’s birth on March 26, 1874, that’s 142 years ago. Can I encourage you to give a few minute’s time to reading the man’s poetry or, if you like, joining me in an attempt to understand how his poetry does its work? I have a friend who teaches English […]

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Have you been taught to analyze poems? It’s great. Analysis means to break things apart–one hopes, to break wholes into their constitutive parts. That kind of thinking is full of assumptions, but it seems to agree with how we look at poems. A poem is some kind of thing, but it’s made of parts, & […]

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Work now means writing on foreign policy. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do & it is the sort of troublesome stuff I love–I was educated to do pol.sci: The uglier things get, the more I like it. I sometimes think there is something for men that’s like gossip for women–like Jane Austen characters […]

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This is his most famous piece of blank verse. Some mindless liberal actually suggested juxtaposing the poem with the Berlin Wall, I dare you to find out who. I’m going to try to persuade you that there is something philosophical about the details in this poem & I’m going to try to talk about the political […]

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