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The Less Traveled Road

A Study of Robert Frost

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$65.00 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674491793

Publication: January 1935

Available 10/01/2013

58 pages


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In this study of the poetry of Robert Frost, Caroline Ford comes to the conclusion that his poetry is based on convictions of life’s meaning, which show amazing consistency with all that he has written. His presentation of this philosophy is unique. Just as he finds provinciality of subject-matter necessary to universal appreciation, he feels that the limited gateway of poetry helps one to understand the major beliefs of life. Belief, to Frost, is the keynote of a man’s development and is capable of appearing in many forms. What constitutes pathos in his poetry is essentially the inability of certain people to believe in anything that can furnish them with motives for sustained effort. His optimistic poems, on the other hand, deal with the renewal or success of these major beliefs.