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Discussion in 'Reading & Writing' started by Joe Riley, Mar 12, 2021.
Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg
@Joe Riley , who are they? ^^^^
One of Frost's poems is often misquoted. Do you know which one and how?
They are Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg... tell me.
Because the poem isn’t “The Road less Traveled.” It’s “The Road Not Taken.” And the road not taken, of course, is the road one didn’t take—which means that the title passes over the “less traveled” road the speaker claims to have followed in order to foreground the road he never tried. The title isn’t about what he did; it’s about what he didn’t do. Or is it?
Most people say "The Road Less Traveled."
A Forgotten Review of Robert Frost’s 'New Hampshire'
A treasured copy of the 1924 Poetry winner revealed a unique historical artifact.
By Mike Pride
"When I retired as editor of the Concord Monitor a decade ago, the publisher gave me a gift I still treasure. It is a first edition of "New Hampshire," Robert Frost’s 1923 poetry collection. The long title poem is full of wry observations about the state, but if it is remembered at all, it is for a snooty quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The God who made New Hampshire / Taunted the lofty land with little men.”
"Folded inside the back cover of the book was a contemporary review of New Hampshire by someone with the initials D.T.C. McC. After reading the review, I researched the writer. When I didn’t find the review on the internet, I decided to write a column including the entire review, thus rescuing it from obscurity".
“D.T.W. McC.” turned out to be David Thomas Watson McCord, who was just shy of his 26th birthday when the Boston Evening Transcript published the review on Dec. 8, 1923. He had been in the Harvard class of 1921 and earned his master’s in chemistry there the following year. For 38 years he was executive director of the Harvard Fund, retiring in 1963".
"McCord’s obituary — he died in 1997 at the age of 99 — recounted that after living in Princeton, N.J., as a boy, he moved to Oregon at age 12 to live on a remote farm with his uncle. It was there, on the edge of the wilderness, that he began to learn to write. “Poetry is rhythm,” he observed of that time, “just as the planet Earth is rhythm; the best writing, poetry or prose — no matter what the message it conveys — depends on a very sure and subtle rhythm.”
"In 1956, Harvard celebrated his achievements with its first honorary degree of doctor of humane letters".
Here is McCord’s review of Frost’s "New Hampshire":
Robert Frost looks as though he has a cow-lick on tbhe back of his head. That's all right, I have one, too.
Frost and The Dismal Swamp
Henry Hart, author of The Life of Robert Frost: A Critical Biography (2017)
Straight from the horse's mouth....just great!
Robert Frost interview + poetry reading (1952)
^^^^Absolutely fascinating.^^^^ He has always only been a name in a book to me. Thank you for letting me see the real man.
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!
But the first one goes in my mouth.
blake + poet - Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken