Title

The Daily Living of Robert Frost

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2008

Department

English

Language

English

Publication Title

PMLA

Abstract

While Robert Frost's emphasis on ordinary themes has often been noted, his use of ordinary time bears further attention: his poems show how the repetitive pattern of daily living can be a creative possibility rather than an enervating necessity. His everyday verse suggests revised definitions of lyric temporality as well as new reconciliations of the dualistic oppositions structuring accounts of modernist and Americanist literature. In Frost, human repetition allows a willful independence endorsed by the natural world. The generally neglected poem 'In the Home Stretch' demonstrates his most beneficent version of ordinary living, showing how retrospection and conversation are crucial elements of its practice and how marriage can promote these habits. Frost provides a contrasting, failed version of everyday practice in 'Home Burial' and a comparable sense of repetitive possibility in 'Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same.'

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DOI

10.1632/pmla.2008.123.3.598

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