GRAHAM Fawcett makes a welcome return to Sladers Yard at West Bay for another in his series of talks about leading poets, this time Robert Frost, on Thursday 13th June.
Robert Frost: Life and Work begins at 7.30pm and includes readings from the many works published by this remarkable American poet.
Graham Fawcett says: “Robert Frost is an extraordinary poet of nature and the land but, to borrow a phrase from an early Seamus Heaney poem, he also knows ‘the door into the dark’ and is ready to go through it. ‘I loved Robert Frost,’ said Heaney in his 1995 Nobel lecture, ‘for his farmer’s accuracy and his wily down-to-earthness; and Chaucer too for much the same reasons.’.”
He started writing poetry only four years after Emily Dickinson died in 1886, and was still going strong in 1961, reading a poem at President Kennedy’s inauguration. On Frost’s death, Kennedy hailed him for “a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding.”
From very early in his writing life, Robert Frost revealed a compelling originality of voice which uses an apparently effortless double gift of metrical rhythms and sudden drama (as does Dickinson) to celebrate country life with a memorably direct simplicity and pathos.
Light pre-lecture dinners are available in the award-winning Café Sladers. For more information and to book for the talk with or without dinner, please phone 01308 459511 t