Feelings run in various directions, regarding the Common Core standards, but one thing we notice in the standards is an emphasis on some pretty impressive poetry. We would love to see teaching methods attend to the heart and soul of these poems, using what we call the How to Read a Poem approach.
Beyond that, we believe one great way to engage with a poem is with a dose of good mischief. This partly explains our Common Core Picture Poems. What explains the rest? We’re Tweetspeak Poetry. We do have a reputation to uphold.
About Robert Frost
Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. Following the death of his father when Frost was 11, his family moved to Massachusetts. He began writing poetry in high school and went on to study at Dartmouth and Harvard though he did not finish college at either. His first published poem, My Butterfly, appeared in New York’s The Independent in 1894.
Frost worked as a teacher, cobbler, newspaper editor and farmer, ultimately selling his unsuccessful farm and moving to England in 1912 where he published his first collection. He returned to the U.S. in 1915 and by the 1920s had published several collections and had become one of the most popular poets in the country. Deeply rooted in place, his poems often embodied rural New England. He would ultimately win four Pulitzer prizes for his poetry. His best known poems include The Road Not Taken, Mending Wall, and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
He went on to serve as a college professor at various institutions and later was called upon to recite a poem at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Robert Frost died in 1963.
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Find something to love in Frost’s “Mending Wall” and explore it with a drawing or a poem of your own.
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How to Read a Poem offers delightful advice on how to explore poetry for enjoyment and meaning. Uses images like the mouse, the hive, the switch (from the Billy Collins poem)—to guide readers into new ways of understanding poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology included.