This study examines several unexplored aspects of Robert Frost's poetry--proverbs, riddles, and names--and shows how they contribute to the reader's experience. Timothy D. O'Brien argues that while they often shape Frost's poems as sites of inviting wisdom and play, these features also open up the poems to radical doubt about identity, authorship, and reality. This book offers the most extensive research to date of the relationship between Frost's poetry and the visual art that often accompanied it and sheds new light on the work of one of the twentieth century's most highly regarded poets.
"A thorough treatment of the oft-neglected postmodern strains of Frost's poetry. Such a book on Frost's linguistic play is long overdue." - Robert Bernard Hass, author of Going by Contraries: Robert Frost's Conflict with Science and former President of the Robert Frost Society
"O'Brien's attention to genre, to Frost's elusive and 'tricky' philosophy makes this book not only timely but also necessary to the current discussion on Frost. . .this book will be of great interest to all scholars and students of modernism generally." - Jonathan Barron, Associate Professor of English, University of Southern Mississippi and author of New Formalist Poets