Beyond The Road Not Taken: The Other Poetry of Robert Frost
Monday April 17, 2017
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Celebrate National Poetry Month and go beyond Robert Frost's most well known poems! Presented by Derry Poet Laureate Bob Crawford.
There is far more to Robert Frost’s poetry than pleasant walks in the New England woods and wise words from a Yankee insider. “Robert Frost: Beyond the Road Not Taken” will provide ways of appreciating and enjoying Robert Frost’s poetry at a deeper level. The talk explores the importance of metaphor—conceiving one thing in terms of another-- in Frost’s poetry and how he used the stone walls, maple trees, the storied fall of the New England landscape, as metaphorical props. Crawford will explore the three distinct levels of his poetry—the denotations, the experience reported by the poem; the connotations, the metaphors of the poem; and the whole experience of the poem itself. Patrons will see how the New England landscape was vital to each level by taking an in-depth look at “The Pasture,” “Hyla Brook,” “Mending Wall,” “The Need for Being Versed in Country Things,” “Stopping by a Wood on a Snowy Evening,” “The Onset,” and “For Once Then Something.” Crawford will conclude with a discussion of what Frost called “Ulteriority” and how Frost’s being an outsider, not a native New Englander helped him to see and use the landscape so effectively.
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