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Critical Insights: Robert Frost

Widely celebrated during his lifetime as the greatest living American poet, Robert Frost remains one of the few poets whose work is enjoyed by scholars and general readers alike. A record four time winner of the Pulitzer Prize who gave readings across America and in countries as far flung as England, Brazil, and Russia, Frost is nevertheless known not as a cosmopolitan but as a plainspoken portraitist of rural New England. Yet despite this reputation, Frost is much more than a regional poet: his wit, irony, and willingness to rest in ambiguity make him a poet of the cosmic and universal.

This volume in the Critical Insightsseries brings together a variety of critical perspectives on Frost's life and works. Topics include historical and cultural contexts, surveys of the major pieces of Frost criticism, Frost's relationship with modernist poetics, and how Frost's use of paradox and contradiction participate in and differ from the use established by Whitman and Emerson.

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