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A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost$
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Virginia F. Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954484

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781942954484.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost

Virginia F. Smith

Liverpool University Press

My goal in writing this book is not only to document Robert Frost’s allusions to science, nature, and technology, but also to put them in the context of where he was living, the books he was reading, the people he knew, and the discoveries and advances of the time. I hope to reveal the depth and sophistication of Frost’s scientific knowledge in a way that will be a revelation to both the scientists and the humanists in my audience. But rather than “unweave a rainbow,” as Keats once lamented, I plan to just barely tease apart its strands to insert more colors, making a combined experience of science and poetry that is richer than either one alone....

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