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by Edward Connery Lathem,Robert Frost

A feast for lovers of American literature-the work of our greatest poet, redesigned and relaunched for a new generation of readers

No poet is more emblematically American than Robert Frost. From "The Road Not Taken" to "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," he refined and even defined our sense of what poetry is and what it can do. T. S. Eliot judged him "the most eminent, the most distinguished Anglo-American poet now living," and he is the only writer in history to have been awarded four Pulitzer Prizes.

Henry Holt is proud to announce the republication of four editions of Frost's most beloved work for a new generation of poets and readers.

The only comprehensive volume of Frost's verse available, comprising all eleven volumes of his poems, this collection has been the standard Frost compendium since its first publication in 1969.

Download The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems epub
ISBN: 0805069860
ISBN13: 978-0805069860
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Edward Connery Lathem,Robert Frost
Language: English
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Revised edition (April 1, 2002)
Pages: 640 pages
ePUB size: 1312 kb
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Rating: 4.7
Votes: 833
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This review is not about Frost's poems, but about Edward Connery Lathem's ignorant edition thereof. May one famous line suffice as illustration: "The woods are lovely dark and deep." That is what Frost had printed in "The New Republic", March 7, 1923. "The New Republic" is available online. As ECL's annotations and "emendations" show, ECL knew of this first print, but did not acknowledge the complete lack of commata. "Stopping by Woods" was first printed - based on the "The New Republic" version - within a book in Thomas Moult's "The Best Poems of 1923" (1924; p. 36): "The woods are lovely dark and deep." Of Moult's anthology ECL proved himself ignorant, since he does not mention it at all. - Step forward to Frost's "The Complete Poems" of 1949: "The woods are lovely, dark and deep." (p. 250). And such is the way an older Frost reads it on a grainy video, with a little comma-pause. That half-of-a-second pause is fascinating to watch and listen to: Frost reads this line as if, for a half of a second, he is surprised by the comma after "lovely". - Fast forward to ECL's edition of Robert Frost's "Poetry" from 1969: "The woods are lovely, dark, and deep." We have reached the unjustifiable abyss of falsehood and boredom. ECL admits to adding the second comma in his notes (p. 550). He never once mentions that there were NO commata in the original magazine (which he knew), and book publication (which he didn't know). Not what you would expect from a competent editor. Instead, ECL takes the inexplicable first comma from 1949 as a jumping board to add another one! "The full catastrophe", to quote Alexis Zorbas. - The full catastrophe: because thousands of high school and college teachers use ECL's edition from 1969 and think not twice about the commata, and because thousands and thousands of English students learn this beautiful famous line the wrong, the cheap, the coffee-table way: "The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, and muddy, and overgrown, and ..." It is high time someone reconstituted Frost in the original. Or at least acknowledged that in 1923, magazine and book, there existed the beautiful line: "The woods are lovely - i. e. enticingly, temptingly - dark and deep." The are no commata! "The woods are lovely dark and deep." And that makes all the difference. - Zero stars for this cheap piece of editing work!
Love, love, love this book. It is a beautiful collection containing 350 poems from 9 books. This is my second copy, as I lent the other to a friend and it never returned. It has traveled the world with me, providing whimsy, contemplation, and solace. His poems are infused with a deep connection to nature and playful humor, which makes them very relatable. Here's one of my favorites:

The rain to the wind said,
"You push and I'll pelt."
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged--though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.
“The Poetry of Robert Frost”, edited by Edward Connery Lathem

This collection of over 350 of Frost’s poems is the most extensive I could find for any reasonable price. As it is simply a collection of his poems, it contains no discussion of Frost, his career or his life. If you like Frost’s poems and don’t need the biographical information, you’ll like this volume a lot.
Since reading" Stopping By Woods" back in high school I've always had an affinity for Robert Frost.The Pulitzer Prize winning author had written much more than that which kept gnawing at me over the years to want to always read more of him. This book is a pretty complete collection of his work and representative of his lifetime of struggle and depression as the poor man had a horrible life. Too much death and loss for anyone to deal with. Now I know why his work took the shape that it did. Not that it was morbidly preoccupied but you get the faint hint of melancholy in much of his poetry.His personal struggle to understand and put things in perspective weighed heavily in his works and he appeared to take comfort in things that would not leave him so suddenly and forever.This book is full of trees, plants, sky and stars,fences and fields,homes, both spooky and comfortable,smart folks, dumb folks,dead folks,rocks,local history and American history.All of it is here and you need not go further unless you are a doctoral student.It includes the work he did for John F. Kennedy's inauguration which the poor man couldn't read because of sun glare.It is a wonderful work and will always be associated with the beginning of Camelot.True, some works were not as entertaining or well done but I can count dozens contained in this book which I have added to my favorites aside from his better known works.There are other books out there but for the common reader, the person who wants a nearly complete collection of a mans works then this collection of Frost will do just fine.Poetry is a very personal thing and to judge a writer based on how I feel is both wrong and unkind. The same piece can affect two people in such radically different ways that to foist an opinion would be criminal unless one is asked. No one is asking so all I can do is tell you that if you are looking for a solid collection to give you a good look at Frost and his works then this book is for you.Buy it, you won't need much else and you will have enough Frost for a lifetime,quite practically all of it and then you can judge for yourself just how good he was.
How could the work of such an historic righter not meet ones expectations?
Really enjoy this poet, especially and American poet where the settings are familiar and can actually relate to some of the places mentioned. Of course, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a must for all who are interested in literature to learn. Short but so picturesque.
Content was great. This was a gift though and arrived with a crumpled cover. The pages don't have a smooth texture. Another reason why I prefer to buy books in person.
I had bought the hard copy of the book over ten years ago. I sent this book to a dear friend who is recovering from ovarian cancer. Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets and I thought the poems select in this book would help her recovery Paul G. Downey