The Poetry of Robert Frost: An Analysis

The Poetry of Robert Frost: An Analysis

The Poetry of Robert Frost: An Analysis

The Poetry of Robert Frost: An Analysis

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No book can be one thing to all persons or all things to one person. A scholarly study may engross the specialist but exclude the general reader, and a less scholarly study may please the layman but fail to interest the specialist. Nor can a book intended for a particular audience fulfill all of any one group's needs. This fact is probably more true of criticism of literature than of the literature that a critic undertakes to discuss.

This book has been written for the general reader, yet it is hoped that the study will have important secondary uses. The present volume has perhaps more individual extended analyses of poems than any other book on the market today, of books about Frost or about any one poet. It is believed that this aspect of the study will prove useful to general readers, students, and teachers. By the use of the Table of Contents or the Index, poems can be located readily for individual study. The general reader may wish to isolate the discussion of a particular poem simply because of a special interest in that poem. The student may wish to observe the process of analysis. The teacher may wish to read in order to discover facets not yet noticed, for no one person sees all, and thus to acquire additional points of view.

It will be noted that the analyses do not follow a fixed pattern. This procedure has been followed for three reasons. First, the variation was used to avoid monotony; second, to establish the principle that there is no one method which is good to the exclusion of all others; and, third, to fit the method to the demands of each poem.

This variation in the method of analysis is true of the relatively complete analyses of Chapters Five, Six, and Seven; the analyses of Chapters Two, Three, and Four are labeled as having been made from a particular point of view. Yet here too a secondary use is intended. These chapters discuss significant aspects of Frost's poetry, yet the analyses establish certain principles that reach beyond a study of Frost. In Chapter Two, the analysis of . . .

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