By Henry Lyman
Robert Frost has lengthy ruled the public's picture of recent England poetry, yet who're the poets who keep on with 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 extraordinary poets to exhibit the energy 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 starting place for the arts, which has backed a application of studying and chat groups with poets around the quarter utilizing this anthology.
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What that something is remains unsaid, but the poems in the fourth and final section may hint at ways of approaching it. For Frost, the road there seems to be one that moves back into the rural past, away from the hustle of urban life, to a place that might once have been, or may never have been at all, except perhaps in poetry and in a past imagined. " What I think he meant by that, and means in the poem, is that when we lose ourselves in poetry we lose our sense of separateness. We leave behind us a world of seemingly separate objects and enter one where things are integrated with each other and with ourselves.
But by mid-century, and even before, that power is seen to be threatened. Frost himself speaks early on of the intrusion of train and telegraph, and later, of the challenge posed by the splitting of the atom; and more and more frequently now, in the poetry of New England and elsewhere, nature appears as vulnerable as ourselves. Polluted, deforested, and "developed," it is perceived more as our victim, today, than our oppressor. Much of what I have just said about nature pertains to the poems in the first section of this book; the second has more to do with our individual being, within the nature that surrounds us and makes us wonder just who we are.
But such magic did not come just out of thin air. It emerged from everything Frost had gathered from the whole tradition of English prosody with its many different musics and moods, combined with the fund of local language he had been storing away since the age of eleven. All this conspired with sheer invention to convey what Frost might have called the "vocal image" of the vast swamp his protagonist has entered. I thought that only Someone who lived in turning to fresh tasks Could so forget his handiwork on which He spent himself, the labor of his ax, And leave it there far from a useful fireplace To warm the frozen swamp as best it could With the slow smokeless burning of decay.
After Frost: an anthology of poetry from New England by Henry Lyman