Welcome to the Frost Free Library
The Frost Free Library contains critical works on Frost's poetry that can be read on line or downloaded to your computer. We consider these works excellent reading. Our library is very small due to the time it takes to scan all the pages as text. It is also limited by the generosity of the copyright holder to allow reproduction on the web. The works in our library are out of print and therefore not easy to find. We gratefully acknowledge the help and cooperation of the original publishers of these works.
The Books and Essays may be read in two versions: standard HTML or PDF. You may read them on line, however due to their length, we recommend you download them to your computer. If you read them in the PDF format, Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 5 (or better) must be installed on your computer. This is a free download. Click here to get it. Follow the instructions to install it. It is very easy.
Using PDF and the Adobe Acrobat Reader you will be able to perform word search! You can search for poetic terminology, and references of all sorts. Each of the works has its own page covering "Search Tips" to alert you to things likely to be found in that work.



Reginald L. Cook Collection

Comprehensive List of Holdings at Middlebury College

Approximately one-half of the Cook Collection pertains to Robert Frost
and reflects their mutual friendship of 38 years, from 1925 - 1963.

Frost Verbatim


 Books and Essays
Robert Frost on writing by Elaine Barry
Part I "Frost As A Literary Critic"
pages 3 through 53 reprinted here
Published by Rutgers University Press                                               
New Brunswick, New Jersey (188 pgs)                                                  
Copyright 1973 by Rutgers University,                                                                            
the State University of New Jersey

Frost's ideas on the art of poetry, technique, and theory.

The Pastoral Art of Robert Frost by John F. Lynen
Chapter 5 "Nature and Pastoralism"
pages 140 through 161 reproduced here
by permission of the publisher. All
rights reserved by Yale University Press.
Published by Yale University Press                                                      
New Haven, CT 06520-9040 (208 pgs)                                                  
Copyright 1960 by Yale University,                                                      

Frost's use of nature. Comparison of Frost and Wordsworth.
Robert Frost & The New England Renaissance by George Monteiro
Published by The University Press of Kentucky                                  
Lexington, KY 40506-0336  (176 pages)                                                   
Copyright 1988 by The University Press of Kentucky
All rights reserved by UPK.   Reproduced here
by permission of the publisher.
Chapter 5 "Roads and Paths"
The Road Not Taken, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, and
The Draft Horse are discussed in terms of literary traditions traced
to Dante's, Inferno.
Chapter 13 "Linked Analogies"
Frost's connection to Emerson is explored in two poems:
The Tuft of Flowers and Mending Wall


Frost Audio
Listen to Frost say his poems. You must be equipped to hear sound
and be patient while it downloads.



It Takes a Hero to Make a Poem
Transcript of a conversation with 
Frost and Cecil Day Lewis, 1957
Reprinted from Claremont Quarterly, 1958
Frost speaks about style, form and the art of writing; 
the use of idiom and vernacular. Frost explains his phrase 
"a momentary stay against confusion." Where does a poem 
come from? The use of narrative and drama.  Science, 
Religion and Gossip.
A Poet and a National Symbol by James Reston
Article in The New York Times, 
October 27, 1957

Frost became a familiar figure in Washington, D. C.  
in the late 1950's culminating with his appointment 
as Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress 
during the Eisenhower Administration. Here Frost
talks about the United Nations and politics.
Frost Discusses Poetry, Politics by Stephen Brumberg
Article from the Williams Record, October 1960
Reprinted courtesy of the Williams Record, Williams College
and the author, now Prof. Stephen F. Brumberg of Brooklyn College, CUNY

Frost visits Williams College and talks with students.
"Mending Wall" discussed.
A Walk with Robert Frost by Reginald L. Cook
Article from Yankee Magazine, November 1955.
reprinted with permission

Reminiscences of a colleague in Ripton, Vt.





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