- The house sits close to the road,
as was the custom of 19th century farmhouses. Note the bay window
and its possible connection to an early poem "In Neglect:"
- "They leave us so to the way
- As two in whom they were proved
mistaken, That we sit sometimes in the wayside nook,
- With mischievous, vagrant, seraphic
look, And try if we cannot feel forsaken."
- Here Frost found inspiration from
nature, work, family and many of the Yankee personalities who
would color his characters.
- This is Hyla Brook which "ran
out of song and speed" in the summer. Frost named the little
stream after the Hyla frog, locally known as a peeper, for the
spring song which sounds like "a ghost of sleigh bells in
a ghost of snow." The peeper is widespread all over New
England. Elinor loved to bring a picnic basket here and sit while
the children played and Rob cleaned brush out of the woods. The
poem "Hyla Brook," if read closely is a metaphor for
Elinor. It ends: "We love the things we love for what they
- This is the actual "Mending
Wall." It ran along the south property line. There really
is a hill and really was a neighbor, Napolean Guay.
- "Something there is that doesn't
love a wall
- That sends the frozen-ground-swell
- And spills the upper bolders in
- "Before I built a wall I'd
ask to know
- What I was walling in or walling
- And to whom I was like to give
- "Good fences make good neighbors."
- This area is located behind the
house and held an orchard and the "little mowing field."
The visitor is enjoying a walking tour of the farm on a marked
trail. The farm was about 30 acres on both sides of the road
in Frost's time. Today the eastern portion of the farm is still
intact and makes for a pleasant hike.
- "Out through the fields and
- And over the walls I have wended;
- I have climbed the hills of view
- And looked at the world, and descended;"
- Notice the stone wall beside the
house which turns and extends beyond the lilac bush.
- "Whose clustered fruit must
else be lost --
- For the grapes sake along the wall."
- from "October"
- And notice the window above the
- "When the wind works against
us in the dark,
- And pelts with snow
- The lower-chamber window on the
- from "Storm Fear"
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