By Henry Lyman

Robert Frost has lengthy ruled the public's snapshot of recent England poetry, yet who're the poets who stick to him in time and the way have they expressed their visions of the panorama, the person, and the group? This quantity brings jointly the paintings of thirty special poets to exhibit the power and diversity of the region's poetic production in the course of a lot of the 20th century.

After Frost is released in organization with the recent England beginning for the arts, which has subsidized a application of examining and chat groups with poets around the sector utilizing this anthology.

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But there is another kind of poetry that sees through confusion into the possibility of what I would call, for want of another word, community. I do not mean that the poems included here supply a formula for restructuring society. I mean that there is a communal way of thinking, a communal way of perceiving, in poetry that sees the most ordinary things as small miracles no more or less important than ourselves. Such poems look to a pair of common garden snakes, for example, or a squirrel, a pig, a cloud, sunlight on a city street, or the voice of a mower talking to his horses, as being in a sort of kinship with us in time.

That he is, and is still read by them. Had he not sought popularity, his poetry might not have moved beyond a "critical few" to you and me. It stands to his credit that he was able to put it in our hands. Our Ancient Speech The urge to speak to "all sorts and kinds" echoes thoughts of Emerson, whom Frost always admired, and whose poetry his mother had read to him in childhood. Every human being is a poet, Emerson believed, in the sense that each of us has the capacity to feel profound wonder in the presence of natural objects: "...

There, as you will see, a flashlight beamed into the night's enigmatic silence is not so very different from the lamp held by Frost's ancient farmer. Page 30 An Old Man's Winter Night Robert Frost All out-of-doors looked darkly in at him Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars, That gathers on the pane in empty rooms. What kept his eyes from giving back the gaze Was the lamp tilted near them in his hand. What kept him from remembering what it was That brought him to that creaking room was age.

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