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Poetry of Robert Frost

We all probably have some sense of Robert Frost; perhaps the white-haired poet reading at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration on the old film reels. Perhaps the poet of “Two Roads.” But if we go beyond the often anthologized pieces and the caricature we find a poet confronting some of the greatest questions in life. His poems are complex, but framed in ordinary speech. They are approachable but subtle. They are sometimes difficult to read, but not because they are hard to understand. They ask us to confront difficult subjects directly. We will read his well-known poems, and then we will go beyond this to see what we find.

Susan Facknitz had the pleasure of teaching Creative Writing and American and Irish Literature at JMU for 32 years. She led Study Abroad trips to Ireland, and spent many months traveling the Irish courtyside. No retired, she leads a writers' group at Blue Ridge Community College and works at the Harrisonburg Visitor Center.

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