Sunday, October 01, 2006

Breaking News For Frost Fans

A previously unpublished poem by Robert Frost has been found! The poem, entitled "War Thoughts At Home" was found handwritten in the cover of a book, and will be published in Virginia Quarterly Review this week.

2 comments:

  1. I read an article just today regarding Robert Frost’s Farm and other historic sites which are falling into disrepair. It’s such a shame that no one is taking care of such historical landmarks. I would love to to see the home.

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  2. This is what I've been able to piece together from various reports.

    War Thoughts at Home
    Robert Frost
    [35 lines, 7 stanzas, each 5 lines]

    1.
    The flurry of bird war [?]
    ….[?]
    ….[?]
    ….[?]
    ….[?]

    2.
    It is late in an afternoon
    More grey with snow to fall
    Than white with fallen snow
    When it is blue jay and crow
    Or no bird at all.

    3. [or 1?]
    On the backside of the house
    Where it wears no paint to the weather
    And so shows most its age,
    Suddenly blue jays rage
    And flash in blue feather.

    4.
    ….[?]
    ….[?]
    ….[?]
    ….[?]
    ….[?]

    5.
    And one says to the rest
    “We must just watch our chance
    And escape one by one-
    Though the fight is no more done
    Than the war is in France.”

    6.
    Than the war is in France!
    She thinks of a winter camp
    Where soldiers for France are made.
    She draws down the window shade
    And it glows with an early lamp.

    7.
    …..[?]
    The uneven sheds stretch back
    Shed behind shed in train
    Like cars that have long lain
    Dead on a side track.

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