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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 Masque of Reason

A Masque of Reason

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(p.217) Chapter Ten A Masque of Reason
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A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost
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Virginia F. Smith

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781942954484.003.0011

This masque, or play, published in 1945, based on the biblical story of Job, is a wide-ranging and humorous exchange between a husband and wife pair and God. Despite a simple and seemingly timeless setting on a desert island, the masque contains allusions to many of Frost’s favorite scientific topics, including the theory of relativity, the theory of evolution, and the expansion of the universe. The concepts of time reversal, a prediction of Einstein’s theory of relativity, and the astronomical red-shift, considered evidence for expansion of the universe, even make appearances.

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

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