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ERIC Number: ED309454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Robert Frost and the Uses of Biography.
Miller, Lewis H., Jr.
The persona Robert Frost communicated to most of his wide, diverse, and often non-academic audience was that of a rather isolated New England farmer, who--because of his limited experience with city folk and urban living--was untouched and thereby uncorrupted by the ways of the world. In teaching Frost, as in teaching any poet, some sort of biographical background should be provided for students as a context through which the poet and his poetry are demystified. A judicious use of biographical detail can help to bring the poet and his poetry into a reader-friendly relationship with the students. Biography can often be used effectively in the service of overcoming the innate resistance students often express toward the reading and study of poetry. These facts about a poet can be invoked to guide students to a more open, informed, enjoyable, and natural response to the poetry. (A brief chronology, a supplementary chronology and a copy of the poem "Storm Fear" are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A