From "Home Burial" and "Death of the Hired Man" to "A Hundred Collars" and "The Generations of Man", Frost's work in this volume spans the whole range of human experience, expressed always in his characteristic dry, matter-of-fact, yet wonderfully musical verse. He captures the voices and lives of women and men, old and young, parent and child, and friend in crucial moments of change and intense emotion.
In his earlier volumes, he found his voice; in this book, he finds his mastery of language and image, character, and action.
Having purchased a two cassette audio book of Robert Frost reading his own poetry some years ago, I had hoped that this purchase would obviate the need the laborious task of having to transfer them into digital format for the computer and my various MP3 players and entertainment tablet. Unfortunately, I can only say that the person reading Frost's poetry in this audio book, though with perfect diction, lacked any feel for or understanding of the poems he was reading. While it may be a bit unfair to compare the reader to the poet himself, nevertheless his performance was disappointing and now I'm reconciled to having to transfer the audio cassettes to digital format--very disappointing.
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What made the experience of listening to The Early Poetry of Robert Frost, Volume III the most enjoyable?
This reciter has great discrimination between male and female characters and his emotional tone nails it. My hobby is memorizing and reciting great poetry and this is a fantastic model to work from.
What did you like best about this story?
Great diction, captured nuances of New England accent
What does Robert Bethune bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Poetry truly comes alive when it is spoken and this is spoken with great feeling
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The Essential New England Character.
Any additional comments?
So Happy this exists!