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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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West-Running Brook

West-Running Brook

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A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost

Virginia F. Smith

Liverpool University Press

The years preceding the 1928 publication of West-Running Brook were a time of relative calm and prosperity for Frost and his family. Frost became a grandfather and received prestigious, and lucrative, college-level teaching appointments. The 1920s were a time of significant scientific discovery and technological innovation, especially in the areas of physics and astronomy. For example, the poems “A Passing Glimpse” and “A Never Naught Song” contain allusions to quantum mechanics and the Big Bang theory, respectively. The collection also has poems that address topics such as ecology (“A Winter Eden,” “The Bear”), observational astronomy (“Canis Major,” “Acquainted With the Night”), and natural transformations (“What Fifty Said,” “West-Running Brook,” “The Last Mowing.”) The lovely poem “Spring Pools” encapsulates the theme of natural change.

Keywords:   Robert Frost, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Technology

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