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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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Steeple Bush

Steeple Bush

(p.179) Chapter Eight Steeple Bush
A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost

Virginia F. Smith

Liverpool University Press

Published in 1947, Steeple Bush was not critically well-received. It was a highly diverse volume that begins with loving descriptions of flower-filled meadows and young trees in poems such as “A Young Birch” and “Something for Hope” and ends in visions of nuclear war in poems such as “The Planners” and “Bursting Rapture.” There is extensive astronomical content, including descriptions of meteors, the Northern Lights, and the movement of the sun, moon, and planets. There are also poems about vanished societies, some recent, as in “Directive,” and some ancient as in “A Cliff Dwelling.” Frost also looks at the nature of science and speculates about our future as a species in “Etherealizing” and “Why Wait for Science.”

Keywords:   Robert Frost, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Evolution, Nuclear weapons, Technology

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