Lecture Thirty Five Robert Frost The Wisdom of the People

Scope: We examine in Lecture 35 Robert Frost, "the people's poet," another in a long line of American nature writers. A great aphorist like Shakespeare, Frost's phrases have entered the language without attribution but with all the authority of folk wisdom. Though familiar as a cherished icon of rural Americana, Frost is a more ambivalent and complex poet than he at first seems.

Objectives— Upon completion of this lecture, you should be able to:

1. Explain why Frost is frequently described as a "regional poet."

2. Summarize how various aspects of the natural world are depicted in the classic poems of Frost.

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