The Friendship of Two New England Poets, Robert Frost and Robert Francis: A Lecture Presented at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire

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This work demonstrates, through a selection of Robert Francis’s depictions of Robert Frost, the importantance of an often overlooked literary friendship influenced the lives of both New England poets. This book contains seven black and white photographs and one color photograph.


“Wally Swist succeeds admirably here in his lecture turned into a book about literary mentoring, making us want to know more about Robert Francis and read more of his work.” – Prof. Sanford Phippen, University of Maine

“Wally Swist’s genial and respectful accounting of the friendship between Robert Frost and Robert Francis touches on essential aspects of their philosophy of prosody, offers tantalizing glimpses of the two men, and takes the reader to the threshold of whispered questions: ‘How “do” poets live? What is a friendship between poets like? How is it nourished or strained?’ The subtle reach of ego and the pressures of success and/or solitude on friendships are evident in this thought-provoking essay.” – Margaret Gibson, Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut

“Swist’ s insights, blessedly, are illuminating, convincing, compelling. A first rank poet himself, he senses intuitively the subtleties of the interchanges between the men. Swist offers his insights without fanfare, cautiously, and with attention to the evidence.” – Paris Finley, The Daily Hampshire Gazette

Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Foreword by Professor Sanford Phippen
Commendatory Preface
The Friendship of Robert Frost and Robert Francis
Two Poems Dedicated to Robert Francis by Wally Swist
Snowdrops, Fort Juniper
Sweet Woodruff
Photo Gallery of Robert Francis and Fort Juniper
Author’s Biographical Note
Author’s Photograph

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