Sunday, October 01, 2006

Robert Frost Poem Discovered Tucked Away in a Book

I truly never just copy & paste, but I had to make an exception this time:

Weekend Edition Sunday, October 1, 2006 ยท In 1918, Robert Frost inscribed a handwritten poem in the cover of a friend's book. For 88 years, the work remained hidden from the world, until Robert Stilling, a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, recently discovered it.
The poem is called "War Thoughts at Home" and was written in the cover of a book belonging to Frederic Melcher, a well-known American publisher and friend of Frost. That book was part of a large collection of materials related to Frost recently acquired by the university.

'War Thoughts at Home'
In this poem from 1918, Frost reflects on the fighting in Europe during World War I. At the direction of the Frost estate, only the first two stanzas appear here:

On the backside of the house
Where it wears no paint to the weather
And so shows most its age,
Suddenly blue jays rage
And flash in blue feather.
It is late in an afternoon
More grey with snow to fall
Than white with fallen snow
When it is blue jay and crow
Or no bird at all.


Blogger Chris said...

That is so cool, I did not see this in the mail. Can you imagine being the person actually finding something like that?

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