Searching Tips
 
USING ADOBE ACROBAT READER:
 
An alternate version of this on-line book is formatted in Adobe Acrobat PDF. You can download our file and read it with Acrobat Reader Version 5, which has a word-find tool. This will give you great researching capability. You may obtain Acrobat Reader as a free download from Adobe's site. Be sure to get version 5 - it far superior to version 4.
 
First - download the PDF version of the file to your computer and store it where you can find it. Don't ask how to do this as we are not computer savy, only Frost savy. We have no idea how your computer file system is set up and we don't want to know!
 
Second - After you have installed Acrobat Reader V. 5 and have our file on hand, bring up the Acrobat Reader program. Click File > Open and navigate to where you have stored the download from our site. Open the file and read! To search for a word click the icon for the find tool (the little binoculars) and enter the word to search for, then hit "find." The document will scroll down to the first usage of that word. Now, that word may appear again, so click "find again." See the tables below for likely word searches.
 
Still confused? Read Downloading for Dummies.
 
 
What to search for
 
Robert Frost on writing contains extensive material on the important elements of Frost's style and poetics. It is all about how Frost writes, ie on writing. Although several poems are used as examples, this is not a book of critical analysis of the poems. Even so, there are some interesting tid-bits on the poems cited in this work. The table indicates likely search words in this book. You might want to print this out for handy reference.
 
 

 Poetic Terms

Other Writers Compared

 Frost Poems Cited

 

    Tone
    Intonation
    Image
    Sound
    Sound of Sense
    Sound Posturing
    Voice Posture
    Drama
    Speech
    Music
    Assonance
    Syntax
    Style
    Idiom
    Vernacular
    Free Verse
    Form
    Rhythm
    Meter
    Inspiration
    Performance
    Technique
    Nature
 
 
Many references to other writers will be found in
"Frost as a Practical Critic"
 
Arnold, Matthew
Cather, Willa
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Dickinson, Emily
Eliot, T. S.
Emerson, R. W.
Flaubert
Hardy, Thomas
Howells, William Dean
Lanier, Sidney
Lawrence, D. H.
Lindsay, Vachel
Longfellow, Henry
Melville, Herman
Wadsworth
Poe, Edgar Allan
Pound, Ezra
Robinson, Edward A.
Sandburg, Carl
Shakespeare, William
Swinburne, A. C.
Tennyson, Alfred
Thoreau, David
Twain, Mark
Whitman, Walt
Wordsworth, William
Wylie, Elinor
Yeats, W. B.

 

    A Masque of Reason
    A Patch of Old Snow
    A Servant to Servants
    An Old Man's Winter Night
    Birches
    For Once, Then, Something
    Home Burial
    Into My Own
    Maple
    Mending Wall
    Mowing
    My Butterfly
    Reluctance
    Stars
    Stopping by Woods
    The Aim was Song
    The Death of the Hired Man
    The Door in the Dark
    The Gift Outright
    The Hill Wife
    The Pasture
    The Road Not Taken
    The Runaway
    To A Thinker
    The Witch of Coos
    West-Running Brook
 
Frost's books of poetry mentioned:
A Boy's Will
North of Boston
Mountain Interval
New Hampshire
West-running Brook
A Further Range
 

 

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