Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.
This seminar will begin with attention to Frost’s first two volumes of verse, especially his second, North of Boston (1914)—the book that includes a number of his greatest poems and brought him to public recognition almost overnight, introducing his mature poetic voice, vigorous and vernacular yet subtle and complex. We will consider how A Boy’s Will, published the year before, reflects an earlier sensibility yet anticipates the modernist landmark soon to follow. After a few weeks on these first volumes, especially the rich dramatic works in North of Boston, we will move to consider a selection of poems from the full range of his works. Participants will be encouraged to propose selections of particular interest. Note: Of the many editions of Frost available, the best is the Library of America edition of Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays, based on the Complete Poems of 1949, the last edition that Frost himself oversaw. This volume also contains a fine selection of Frost’s prose pieces and an excellent chronology of his life, among other useful tools for study.