Any time I hear the name ‘Robert Frost’ my mind instantly reverts to his poem ‘The Road Not Taken’. Perhaps that’s because it’s my favorite of his poems – perhaps it’s because the only collection of his poetry I owned prior to purchasing this one is titled ‘The Road Not Taken’. Whatever the reason, it’s certainly his most famous poem.
In this collection of poetry (which Robert Frost himself compiled), special care was paid in selecting pieces which describe nature and friendships with that vibrancy which is so appealing to children. He writes of roses and birch trees, the passing of seasons – the passing of friends – and the mending of an old farm wall. Rather than describing ecstasies and plunges of emotion, he concentrates instead on the aspects of our world which we all experience, but seldom appreciate. These were two fun poems which capture Frost’s style fairly well. This first is only one stanza from a longer poem.
“You ought to have seen what I saw on my way
To the village, through Patterson’s pasture today:
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!” [pg. 17]
I love this next poem – a tribute to the marvel of fireflies.
Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating flies,
That though they never equal stars in size,
(And they were never really stars at heart)
Achieve at times a very star-like start.
Only, of course, they can’t sustain the part. [pg. 40]
You Come Too included a chance personification of the sun as a wizard, a reference to elves, and a witching wand. Nothing terrible.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret