Hey Bookworms! I know I haven’t been around in a bit, but school has taken up so much lately and it has become all of me. Well speaking of school work… You’ll never guess who I found!!! Mr. Robert Frost himself and I am the luckiest blogger in year 2015 to get to interview him as well as give you a break down on his poem, “Mowing”! I know, I know I am one lucky girl to have someone as Iconic as Robert Frost as my first interview on my blog! Now you all may be wondering how I was able to get an interview with someone not living in this century? Well through this magical little radio I found, cool right? (Is this a lie? Maybe…) So for this interview CK will be me and RF will stand for Robert frost now without further ado let’s get this started!
(1st Image: Taken from Google 2nd Image:Robert Frost. 1941. Fred Palumbo, photographer. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Library of Congress.)
CK: So Mr. Frost can you tell me about where you grew up?
RF: Well, Miss Kulak, I was born on March 26, in the year 1874 in the sunny city of San Francisco.
CK: Wow, at least I know I was born around the time of one of the greatest writers! What about school, work, those kinds of things?
RF: Well I moved to New England after my father’s death in 1885, and went to High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts. That is where I really gained my love of reading and writing… I attended Dartmouth College in 1892 and later tried a hand at Harvard although I could never finish to get a degree Nature called to me too much. As for work I was a jack of a few trades before I became a writer a teacher, cobbler, and even an Editor at the Lawrence Sentinel.
CK: At least back then going to those schools didn’t cost selling your kidney *giggles*
RF: *chuckles* No, my girl, I guess not and that is the sad thing about your century…
CK: What about your love life, did you have a muse?
RF: Yes I did and she was my inspiration from the day we wed in 1895 to the day she died in 1938. My Miriam Elinor White…
CK: You two made such a lovely couple! It’s when hearing things like those it makes me wonder if I was born in the wrong century… Anywho more about you… Did you live anywhere besides the US? Did you meet anyone interesting if you did?
RF: After our farm sadly failed, we moved abroad to England in 1912. I met Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, and Robert Graves and I’m not ashamed to say they influenced me a bit. I even became friends with a fellow Ezra Pound,who actually helped push promote my work. By the time I returned to the United States in 1915, two of my collections were well-received and published, A Boy’s Will and North of Boston, and my reputation was established. By the 1920s, I was the most celebrated poet in America, and with each new book—including New Hampshire (1923), A Further Range (1936), Steeple Bush (1947), and In the Clearing (1962)—my fame and honors increased. Several of his poems, such as “The Road Not Taken” (1916) and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (1923).
CK: Wow that is a lot of poems and I struggle to finish writing and finishing a blog post at times! Speaking of your work which piece was your first? I know it must be nearly impossible to see your work finally in print!
RF: Well… Let’s see it was, “My Butterfly,” filled with natural metaphors, was published on November 8, 1894, in the New York newspaper the Independent. Nature has always been one that has always called to me.
CK: I know this is kind of personal, but what would you say is at the core or your works? What do you draw from? What kind of poet do you see yourself as? Sorry if I’m bombarding you with questions I just want to make sure to get all that I can before the connection cuts out!
RF: Most of my works were inspired by the life and landscapes of New England and though I do consider myself a traditional poet as far as verse and metric. I would also like to think I have an aloof style from the poetic “fashions” of my time. Although I was said to gain my fame as more than a local or color writer. My poems are often layered with ambiguity and irony if you know how to look for them. Though I have been told my voice is reminiscent of Emerson’s romanticism
CK: I can see that because the romantics were some of my favorite poets Mr. Frost and I believe that style in today’s world and even in yours was a dying art. I am glad you tried to bring that back because industrialism was making more of a place in the farming world. Well with all those poems I am sure you’ve had a lot of honors, right?
RF: *chuckles* You can say I’ve had quite a few young lady. I’ve won four Pulitzer Prizes in poetry (1924, 1931, 1937, 1943), gave the “Dedication” to my fellow New Englander John F. Kennedy on January 20,1961, and served at the “Poet in Residence” at Amherst College, University of Michigan, and a few other colleges
CK: Wow, you are definitely a poet many can aspire to be like thank you for letting me interview you!
RF: The pleasure was all mine young lady. Keep working at your own writing it may get you somewhere one day…
Well bookworms that was the end of the transmission. I didn’t want to be as so morbid as to talk about his later years and death which he spent in Vermont and died in Boston January 29, 1963. Now that the interview is done let’s talk about his poem “Mowing”!
There was never a sound beside the wood but one, And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground. What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself; Perhaps it was something about the heat of the sun, Something, perhaps, about the lack of sound— And that was why it whispered and did not speak. It was no dream of the gift of idle hours, Or easy gold at the hand of fay or elf: Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak To the earnest love that laid the swale in rows, Not without feeble-pointed spikes of flowers (Pale orchises), and scared a bright green snake. The fact is the sweetest dream that labor knows. My long scythe whispered and left the hay to make.
Now because I enjoy enticing your sense I included a reading of the poem for you all to enjoy!
Now as Mr. Frost said above he preferred to write in traditional form of writing this sonnet is only traditional in its use of fourteen lines. This is where his aloofness comes in where he combines both the style of a Petrarchan rhyme scheme (ABBAABBA CDECDE) and the Shakespearean rhyme scheme (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG) and makes a combination of them both: ABC ABD ECD FEG FG. He also personifies the scythe in the way it whispers to the ground and makes the ground itself almost another being. You can see his love of nature and the romanticism he uses through out this poetry as he invokes mythology like fairies and elves. The way he believes that man can only know love and fulfill themselves through working in nature. It is a gift that we seem to no longer have due to technology. His imagery almost transports you into that field with him. Frost shows the way to lose and yet finds oneself in nature and work. This is just one example of why Frost’s poetry changed the world and why he was so influential right up there with Twain. He held onto his beliefs and was willing to listen to other voices and not just his own.
Well that’s all for now bookworms! I hope you enjoyed my interview with Mr Frost and a disclaimer now this post was for a class assignment to let myself have some fun and give you some content because I haven’t posted. Now to my classmates who I am reading this to? Do you see the sense of romanticism in Frost’s piece? Do you believe this type of poetry is a dying art? How does it compare to the other poems we read for today’s class?
What is the part of the poem to stuck out to you the most? To my regular followers who is your favorite American poet? Do you use your blog to make class assignments a little more interesting? Feel free to let me know in the comments below and thank you if you stuck with me through this long post! To everyone Happy Reading!
Banners Made By: James Fenney