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John F. Kennedy said of Robert Frost: "He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding." A four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Frost created a new poetic language that has a deep and timeless resonance.
In addition to Robert Frost's first three books, this collection includes eighteen earl
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by Gramercy (first published January 1st 1955)
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Bookdragon Sean
I love this book. And I love the way in which Frost writes poetry.

The success of the poems resides in their ability to speak to the reader; they have a certain sense of universal quality as they evoke profound mental states. He does this through using objects, often natural ones, to describe a certain human emotion or feeling. A tree in the wind embodies indecision and the inability to move on. A road split in two represents a part of the human experience that I can now only think of in the ter
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It is not without excellent reason that Robert Frost is considered one of the greatest American poets of the century.

What impresses me most about his poems is the usage of simple and colloquial words to portray ordinary, everyday incidents that have a deeper, denser meaning hidden within. Clear and conversational lines conceal subtle philosophies on life and complex social issues at their core. Also, I find myself completely drawn to the stunning picture he paints with his expressive poems on n
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I was a little girl, Frost could do no wrong. He still can't. The cadence of his lines, the lucidity of his poetry, always transports me. I'm a little upset that my edition isn't listed here on GR though. Mine has quite a few more poems from his earlier and later life.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I enjoyed the themes rather than the actual poetry. Frost seems to write poems made to be dissected in English classes. Oftentimes they are set up more as short stories, heavy on the dialogue, than poems. In fact, not that I'm a poetry expert, I could not detect what exactly made some of these poems verse rather than just spaced-out prose. I had a difficult time understanding a lot of these poems, but there were some that were really lovely. I'd be interested in rereading this collection in the ...more
Laura Verret
we make ourselves a place apart / behind light words that tease and flout / but oh, the agitated heart / till someone find us really out // 'Revelation'
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Ah, Robert Frost: the man who convinced me that I hated poetry.
Years ago, I was assigned to read some of his poetry for school and, let's just say, I read them as if I was taking cough-syrup. (Note: Why, yes! I hate cough-syrup. I'll never forget the fateful night where I spit a mouthful of it across the bathroom. Good times...) Anyhow, so I didn't enjoy his poems because I was reading them with the wrong attitude &c. If Carl Sandburg hadn't come along later and shown me what a wonderful th
Maggie Roessler
Drama: awesome. Form: pleasurable. Theme: Got a little fed up with all that personifying nature/alackadaying that nature can't be personified. Here's the best antidote:

It's a strange courage
you give me, ancient star:

Shine alone in the sunrise
toward which you lend no part!
Shine alone, shine nakedly, shine like bronze
that reflects neither my face nor any inner part
of my being, shine like fire, that mirrors nothing.
Lend no part to any humanity that suffuses
you in its own light.
Be not chimera of
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Frost Selected Poems is a Collection of Robert Frost's work.

Some of my Favorite works include, Home Burial, The Death of the Hired Man, The Line Gang, The Axe Helve, and The Black Cottage.

I enjoyed these five works the most because it shows how people (in my opinion) think and talk to each other.

I think that The Death of the Hired Man is probably my favorite because it goes to show you how some people are stuck in their ways and even when they are offered better, they take the route th
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"One of my wishes is that those dark trees,
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,
Were not, as it were, the merest mask of gloom,
But stretched away unto the edge of doom.

I do not see why I should ever turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who should miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.

They would not find me changed from him they knew-
Only more sure of all I thought was true."

I'll be honest, aside from two or three poems, I was previously n
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read and reread this collection, and it has a lot to offer. I still find that my favorite is "Into My Own". I always enjoy a discussion in which no doubt I will eventually say "But the name of that poem is 'The Road Not Taken' and that takes the poem off in a totally different direction." I haven't read a lot of poetry, but have read much Ginsberg ("Howl" is a must for all readers, imho) and Merrill as of late. And so far, I haven't read any poetry collection as good as James Merrill's stun ...more
Sam Kuntz
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Frost: Selected Poems has many long poems and short ones but my favorites were as follows.
Mending Wall because it tells how two neighbors build a wall and fix it in the springtime, and how they mend themselves well mending the wall.
The Oven Bird because how the oven bird tells you when fall is coming.
The poem that I liked the most is The Fear because it builds up suspense and then at the end of the poem it leaves you to imagine what happens.
All the types of poems make you feel a certa
Missey Wilhelm
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 a 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.

What's not to love about a poem or this poet?
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a couple good poems, mostly the ones we all know and love. Overall the only reason I would even consider keeping this book on my shelf is because the cover is so beautiful, but that is not enough for it to take up permanent residence on my bookcase. Sorry Robert Frost, but you were just so-so for me.
Washington Vieira
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
"A whole generation influenced and moved by a "Boy's will".
He has a true juvenile dialogue with his readers.On Greece he shows a remarkable knowledge of History;but my favorite is "The road not taken "a philosophical poetry about the choices we made in our lives".
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poetry is not really my thing but I much more prefer Poe over this very nature based stuff. Fire & Ice is still my favorite of Frost's though.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book filled with emotion! Many of the poems made me think about the choices in life more and made me want to keep rereading it. I recommend this book to anyone that loves poetry.
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
his poems are very down-to-earth yet very profound at the same time.
I like his sense of humor and wisdom.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kinda bored but I loved "fire and ice"
Btw this wasn't my exact edition, mine is a bit shorter, but this was the closest.
Bernie Gourley
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poetry readers.
This is a collection of collections. It gathers the first three of Robert Frost’s books into one volume. “A Boy’s Will,” “North of Boston,” and “Mountain Interval” are all part of Frost’s early work and they came out in a relatively short span: 1913, 1914, and 1916, respectively. However, one can see definite shifts in the nature of the poems across these collections. The poems of the first collection feature many shorter poems that are rhymed and metered. The middle poems are longer, are largel ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
In the course of my reading life, I have not taken the time to read much poetry. This collection of Robert Frost's poems was at my house, so I decided to read it. I have mixed feelings about this reading experience, because on one hand Frost painted beautiful pictures with few words. However, I feel like I did not fully grasp the meaning of some of the poems.

I want to try reading the poetry of Emily Dickinson and E.E. Cummings, so I will be giving poetry reading another try!

Final rating: 2.5
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I took the time during a wind storm to sit and read Robert Frost's collection of poems as the wind howled. Frost often writes about nature and the world around him. In his last years, he lived in the quiet woods of Vermont. I am particularly fond of "Reluctance" as he describes the end of the fall season, the end of love and the reluctance to accept the end of seasons and the end of love. Vermont has long cold winters. I feel the same as we begin the long winters in Buffalo. Perfectly worded, re ...more
Sharai Ann Bravo
There are three pieces in this collection that I enjoyed. Unfortunately for Frost, his works do not age well in an era when brooks and rolling hillsides aren’t seen as illustrious or awe-inspiring. I also found his narratives lacked a flow that carried me through his thoughts to the end. There is no clear precision and I’m more confused after every piece. A quick read if just skimming, but to delve into these pieces me costs too much energy to really care.
John Majors
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Frost's poetry as a kid. Re-visiting his work in this volume didn't disappoint. It was perfect for nibbling on in the evenings. Nothing quite like poetry to calm the soul. I was surprised that my favorite poems were not the 'rhyme' type - but the long form (5-10 pages) that told a story. There were probably a dozen or so of these sprinkled throughout this collection, and each of them drew me in and kept me rapt from the first line.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
So it took me a whole year to read this 100-page book, mostly because I set it aside for about 10 months. I've never been a big poetry fan, it just doesn't resonate with me. But I like how Frost provided character sketches and illustrated life in New England through his poems.
Mark Melendez
Not a fan. Robert Frost is overrated and I am upset I spent $7.98 on this book. Continues to the end because it was short and to give it a chance, well let me save you some time, skip over Frost.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting poems like short stories, but there were a whole bunch like that
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like The Road Not Taken but honestly most of his other poems were difficult to get through. Not for me.
Genevieve Larsen
Good little selection, the sections were useful. Missing a few favorites, but overall a positive read.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I just recently started really getting into poetry and I absolutely loooooove all of Robert Frost's works that I've gotten a chance to read
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His poetry, at its best, is clear forest, clean sky, crisp apples, the smooth cadences of water, the simplicity and purity of nature.

His longer poems, which are usually dialogues in some sort of verse, aren't quite to my taste. Frost at his best is succinct and doesn't take up more than two pages apiece.

You could say I prefer him as a poet when he doesn't wax poetic.

P.S. Forgive the pun.
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Flinty, moody, plainspoken and deep, Robert Frost was one of America's most popular 20th-century poets. Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire when, at the age of 38, he sold the farm, uprooted his family and moved to England, where he devoted himself to his poetry. His first two books of verse, A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914), were immediate successes. In 1915 he returned to the ...more
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