After Frost: An Anthology of Poetry from New England

After Frost: An Anthology of Poetry from New England

After Frost: An Anthology of Poetry from New England

After Frost: An Anthology of Poetry from New England

Synopsis

Robert Frost has long dominated the public's image of New England poetry, but who are the poets who follow him in time and how have they expressed their visions of the landscape, the individual, and the community? This volume brings together the work of thirty distinguished poets to convey the vitality and variety of the region's poetic creation during much of the twentieth century. Henry Lyman has selected the poets, arranged their work chronologically by birth date, and written a brief preface to each section. The anthology is by no means comprehensive, nor is it an attempt to establish a "canon" of New England poets. Rather it is simply a selection of notable poems chosen for their clarity, depth, and common ground. The poems converse with each other from page to page, resulting in a cohesive, eminently readable text. For the student or general reader, there is no better introduction to the range and richness of New England poetry.

Excerpt

This book was originally produced in a limited edition by the New England Foundation for the Humanities, for use in a series of public discussions offered in New England libraries. Five hundred copies migrated through the six states, from library to library, and returned in the end contentedly thumbworn. This larger, slightly revised edition still has the same aim. One of these is simply to reaquaint readers with the poet most widely identified with the region and render for consideration, and pleasure, related poems by thirty New Englanders who follow him in time. Another is to show that there is fife after Frost: that New England poetry grows and moves, and continues to move us. Still another is to provide an occasion for looking into matters of importance to us all, by way of poems occurring for the most part in New England landscapes, townscapes, and cities.

After an introduction touching on Frost, his language, and the subjects of his and the other poems in the book, there are four sections of poetry, each introduced by a page or two of prose. Every section has . . .

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