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Robert Frost: The Impossibility of Interpretation

July 15, 2015

The MHC’s “Taste of the Humanities” series will appear in Biddeford in partnership with the McArthur Public Library. John Ward (Centre and Kenyon Colleges) will lead a presentation on Robert Frost that will provide a true taste of MHC programming.

Readers of “ripe old age” have seen quite a profound shift in the critical reception of Robert Frost’s poetry and life.  In the 1950’s he was seen as a folksy, rural poet who expressed common truths in memorable, accessible verse.  Decades later, after Lawrance Thompson’s biography, critics explored Frost’s unpleasant, even nasty underside.  Thanks to William Prichard and other more recent critics, we now recognize and admire Frost’s honest grappling with dark subjects and his virtuosic craft. Frost remains hard to pin down, by any critical standard: his ironic messages shimmer, defying easy paraphrase. Precisely because he is so tricky, Frost deserves and rewards our most careful attention.

You must register to attend this free event.

Funded project of the Maine Humanities Council.  The Maine Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Time: 12:00 pm

Contact: Diane Magras Phone: (207) 773-5051 E-mail:
McArthur Public Library
270 Main Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
United States
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