Tag Archives: Robert Frost

Key West

“It (Key West) is an island about ten times as big as your farm, and fairly dense with population, equal parts Negro, Cuban, and American…”  ~Robert Frost, in The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer, ©1963 This is from a letter written in 1935, a time when those words would not have been at …

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Free Verse

“The writing of free verse is equivalent to playing tennis with the net down.”  ~Robert Frost, in The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer, ©1963 I disagree with him on this one- but I’m not surprised that that’s what he thought.

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Robert Frost and The Beats

This is an excerpt from a letter Robert Frost wrote in 1917.  Doesn’t he sound like one of The Beats? “But that’s all behind me since I discovered that do or say my damnedest I can’t be other than orthodox in politics love and religion:  I can’t escape salvation:  I can’t burn if I was …

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“I thought you and me was going to be rebels together.  And being rebels doesn’t mean being radical; it means being reckless…  It means busting something just when everybody begins to think it’s so sacred it’s safe.”  ~Robert Frost, in The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer, ©1963

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“Remember this if you are still in the water:  There is no help in a wave when you are coming back to shore tired out.  It will be going your way.  For a moment you will be lifted up with hope on the crest of it.  But it carries nothing with it.  It will go …

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“The realist always falls in love with a girl he has grown up and gone to school with, the romanticist with a new girl from ‘off somewhere.’  That’s not to say that they don’t both fall in love with the respective girls for what they don’t know about them.  Mystery draws both on; only in …

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“Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.”  ~Robert Frost I’m reading a fantastic little book with the rather dry title The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer.  I picked it up for a few dollars at an estate sale.  I have to hold myself …

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