On the Sonnets of Robert Frost
A Critical Examination of the 37 Poems
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About the Book
“The sonnet is the strictest form I have behaved in, and only then by pretending it wasn’t a sonnet,” Frost once wrote to Louis Untermeyer. Frost wrote his sonnets in couplets, triplets, and terza rima; frequently, he combined elements of the Italian and English forms. His genuis was in incorporating diverse styles, renewing reader interest in the form while retaining its accessibility. Several of the sonnets discussed are generally recognized as among the finest poems written in the twentieth century.
This is the first work to examine all the 37 poems published that are, based on the poet’s own prose writings on the subject, defined as true sonnets. It also provides a discussion of why some Frost works commonly accepted as sonnets do not meet his own criteria. Of course, the book provides content analyses of the sonnets with discussions of the various structures used.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 
Table of Contents
1 “An arrest of disorder”: Frost’s Forms and Themes 13
2 Into My Own: The Sonnets of A Boy’s Will 21
3 Range-Finding: The Sonnets of Mountain Interval 35
4 On a Tree…: The Sonnet of New Hampshire 51
5 Acquainted with the Night: The Sonnets of West-Running Brook 59
6 The Master Speed: The Sonnets of A Further Range 85
7 The Silken Tent: The Sonnets of A Witness Tree 101
8 Etherealizing: The Sonnets of Steeple Bush 113
9 Despair: Other Sonnets 127
Book Reviews & Awards
“useful…recommended…indispensable for Frost studies”—Choice; “it’s one of those landmarks in Frost criticism that still come along once in awhile”—Tar River Poetry.