After Frost: an anthology of poetry from New England by Henry Lyman

By Henry Lyman

Robert Frost has lengthy ruled the public's picture of recent England poetry, yet who're the poets who stick to him in time and the way have they expressed their visions of the panorama, the person, and the group? This quantity brings jointly the paintings of thirty distinctive poets to express the power and diversity of the region's poetic production in the course of a lot of the 20 th century.

After Frost is released in organization with the hot England beginning for the arts, which has subsidized a application of interpreting and chat groups with poets around the quarter utilizing this anthology.

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Much of Frost's poetry honors the dignity of labor; and nearly all his poems reveal a deep regard for nature and one's fellow human beingsan attitude of care and care-taking which we can, if we wish, carry over into the political domain. But rarely do they engage social or political problems as directly as the work of other poets included in this section. No one, Frost or anybody else, should feel obliged to turn their poetry in a sociopolitical direction, lest it become mere empty propaganda. Yet it is a fact that many, being haunted by history, plagued by what they see, have responded powerfully to the failing of government and society to meet an acceptable moral standard.

Poetry," said Frost to a reporter in 1931, foreshadowing the movement of "Directive," "stands as a reminder of the rural lifeas a resource, a recourse ... " Renewing ourselves, for both Frost and Emerson, as well as Wordsworth, Shelley, and other poets of the Romantic movement, meant first and foremost the renewal of language; and renewing language meant returning to its roots. To do so one had to took first to the colloquial, where nouns were directly attached to objects and verbs to actions.

Last of her name she was, and best Be lyin' up there with the rest. (1923) Plummets of moonlight thinning through Deep fathoms of the dark renew Moments of vision and deflect Smooth images the eyes expect To images the brain perceives. Choked in a pine wood chafe the leaves Of aged maples, but the moon Remembers; and its shadows strewn Sidelong and slantingly restore Ephraim's trees about his door. Why do you listen, trees? Why do you wait? Why do you fumble at the breeze Gesticulate With hopeless fluttering hands Stare down the vanished road beyond the gate That now no longer stands?

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