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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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Uncollected Poems

Uncollected Poems

(p.261) Chapter Twelve Uncollected Poems
A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost

Virginia F. Smith

Liverpool University Press

The poems described in this chapter never appeared as part of a collected volume during Frost’s lifetime, but are included here because they have noteworthy scientific or technical content. Because the poems were written over a span of about sixty years (1903-1962), there is no central theme. Not surprisingly, the poems cover topics Frost visited throughout his life: descriptions of manufacturing technology occur in “The Mill City” and “When the Speed Comes;” thoughts about astronomy and the nature of starlight appear in “The Lost Faith,” “Pursuit of the Word,” “Dear Louis,” and “Were that star shining there by name;” the theme of waste in nature appears in “The Favored Acorn” and two short poems from the 1950s. There is even a poem – with a Latin title - about chemical birth control methods: “Pares Continuas Fututiones.”

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

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