Though critics traditionally have paid homage to Robert Frost's New England identity by labeling him a regionalist, John Kemp is the first to investigate what was in fact a highly complex relationship between poet and region. Through a frankly revisionist interpretation, he not only demonstrates how Frost's relationship to New England and his attempt to portray himself as the "Yankee farmer poet" affected his poetry; he also shows that the regional identity became a problem both for Frost and for his readers.
Originally published in 1979.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. ix
- Acknowledgments, pg. xi
- Abbreviations, pg. xv
- One: The Problem of Frost’s New England Poetry, pg. 1
- Two: The Poet in the Making (1874-1912), pg. 40
- Three: The Poet from New England (1912-1915), pg. 86
- Four: The Poet of New England, pg. 134
- Five: The Poet in New England, pg. 185
- Appendix: A Chronological Listing of Commentary on Frost's Regionalism, pg. 237
- Index, pg. 263