A Deceptively Simple Poem . . .

. . . to ponder. At this time in my life, I feel a kinship with Robert Frost because both New Hampshire and Vermont claim him as their own. Both states lay equal claim to me as well. I hope you enjoy his meditation on “Fragmentary Blue.”

47 thoughts on “A Deceptively Simple Poem . . .

    1. Thanks, Rebecca! And thanks for posting the link. I watched all of the videos and enjoyed them very much. I thought the first one was particularly well-done. There is one line in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” that is quintessentially Vermont to me: “His house is in the village, though.” When I was growing up in Enosburg Falls, we referred to it as “the village.”

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          1. How wonderfully articulated. We live our best lives in a place that brings friends and family together. My childhood home was located in a mining town in Northern Canada – where everything was near. It is now a ghost town since the mine closed – our house is no more, but I have marvelous memories of the music, stories, gatherings. In winters, sunrise was 10:00 and sunset 2:30. In summers, we had almost 24 hours light. There was an unforgettable twilight in summer and a spectacular showing of northern lights.

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                  1. Yes, you would need to be farther north. I lived north of 56th – some nights, the whole world was alight. My husband lived in the Northwest Territories before I met him – he recalls the same experience. NWT and Nunavut are on my “to visit” list.

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  1. I’ve never been to either Vermont or New Hampshire (well, make that ALL of America 😉) but thanks to such wonderful poets like Frost, whom I adore, I’ve always had the feeling I know at least some of their beauty. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem, Liz!

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  2. I know so many of his poems by heart. He was the one that sustained me when I was young. He was so depressed all his life and so brilliant.and so dutiful. I just admire him greatly. Thank you for the post.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Cindy. I sometimes think about the fact that a writer’s work can have such an impact on someone else’s life, yet the writer never knows–I wonder what that writer would think if he or she did know.


  3. Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem. I need a new spring Robert Frost poem to read to the children at school. They have heard me read “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” many times this winter.

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        1. I spent a lot of time in Burlington when I was in high school, mostly on Church Street, where the cool people hung out. I ‘m starting a job at Champlain College in Burlington next month, as a matter of fact! My husband and I are about to head out to Quechee Gorge in a few minutes.

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          1. Have a great time! Never been there, but there’s most of the state I’d still love to explore! My 1st visit to Burlington was very early 80’s and only 1 block was very converted to pedestrian and one or two restaurants had created glass enclosed seating along the sidewalk – owner said plans were to expand 🙂 Champlain College seems a very neat school — wish u all the best 🙂

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