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Frost compares inner and outer weather; the inner weather is the emotional. For Hemingway, rain, snow, plain, and mountains parallel inner, emotional weather. Frost’s country is north of Boston, on the farm, in the woods of New Hampshire/Vermont, making the very local universal. Hemingway’s territory is the human heart, sometimes in Europe, other times in Africa, America, and Cuba. We will consider Frost’s best-loved poems and read some of Hemmingway’s stories.
GROUP LEADER: Steven White assigned both Frost and Hemingway to students at Bancroft School, and enjoys revisiting these two classic American writers. He has also visited their graves and heard Frost “speak” his poems.
REQUIRED BOOKS: (1) Robert Frost’s Poems, with commentary by Louis Untermeyer, Washington Square Press, any edition, ISBN 0-671-49617-4.
(2) The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, The Scribner Library, SL 141. Read both books prior to first class meeting.
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