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Robert Frost – Poets on Poetry #3

February 18, 2015

“[U]nless you are at home in the metaphor, you are not safe anywhere. Because you are not at ease with figurative values: you don’t know the metaphor in its strength and its weakness. You don’t know how far you may expect to ride it and when it may break down with you. You are not safe in science; you are not safe in history.”

and

“But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.”

(from ‘Education by Poetry,’ [1931] in Collected Poems, Prose, & Plays, and ‘Two Tramps in Mud Time’, final stanza, from A Further Range [1937])

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