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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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A Witness Tree

A Witness Tree

(p.159) Chapter Seven A Witness Tree
A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost

Virginia F. Smith

Liverpool University Press

The years leading up to the publication of A Witness Tree in 1942 saw Frost become a widower, lose his son to suicide, and begin to rebuild his life with the help of fellow writers and friends. Yet, as the world was becoming embroiled in war, Frost produced a collection of poems that portrayed the power and beauty of nature using scientific language and concepts drawing on a lifetime of accumulated knowledge. In poems such as “The Lesson for Today,” “Our Hold on the Planet,” and “A Considerable Speck,” Frost uses his poetry to ask about man’s place in nature. The poems in this collection invoke a wide range of animal and plants, naming dozens of species and there is less emphasis on technology than in earlier volumes. Frost was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for this collection, making him the first person ever to win four of the prestigious awards.

Keywords:   Robert Frost, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Pulitzer Prize

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