Reading & Writing Robert Frost

Reading & Writing Robert Frost

Closely examine the work of Robert Frost to take inspiration from one of poetry’s true masters.

Closely examine the work of Robert Frost to take inspiration from one of poetry’s true masters.  

John F. Kennedy famously said that Robert Frost, ‘bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse’. From his mastery of traditional verse forms and metrics, to depictions of rural New England, to his command of American colloquial speech, arguably, no poet is more essential to an understanding of American poetry than Robert Frost.  

In this course we will closely examine several of Frost’s poems, listen to him read his own work, and gather insights from his interviews and biography. We’ll look at Frost’s use of trimeter, iambic pentameter, and blank verse, consider his unmistakable tone and use of the dramatic monologue, and consider themes such as duplicity, isolation, nature, and existential questioning, and then try our hand and our own poems. This course is for anyone interested in investigating Frost more deeply and learning from one of the true masters. No experience necessary. 

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Jodie Hollander View Profile

American poet Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her work has been published in journals such as The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The New Criterion, The Manchester Review, Australia’s Best Poems of 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut pamphlet, The Humane Society, was released with tall-lighthouse (London) in 2012; her full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press and Oxford University Press. Hollander is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy, a residency at Cheateau de La Napoule in France and a MacDowell Fellowship. She currently lives in Colorado.   

'I've been doing courses, small groups and seminars for a decade now. In that time, I've published three pamphlets and a full collection. I owe this in large part to the quality of tutors and support of fellow students.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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