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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

'Life: It Goes On'

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life:  it goes on.” – Robert Frost

Frost was born in California in March of 1874 but grew up and spent most of his life in New England.  I’ve always loved Frost’s poetry and the imagery and attention he pays to the land. 
His realistic depictions of rural life, the beauty of the land, and command of American colloquial speech – all while examining complex social and philosophical themes – may never be equaled. 

Poetry is a simple process, he liked to say.  It's just an emotion finding a thought and the thought finding its words.   Like every writer he hit dry periods, but unlike many he had something to say about that.  “Poets,” he noted, “are like baseball pitchers.  Both have their moments.  It’s the intervals that are the tough things.”  
The only poet to win four Pulitzer Prizes, he also was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, being named Poet Laureate of Vermont, and delivering an original poem at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.   A great teacher, he liked to say that education is just hanging around until you’ve caught on.  

 “I talk in order to understand,” he said.  “But I teach in order to learn.”

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