Podcast | John Ward | Robert Frost: The Impossibility of Interpretation

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Robert Frost

Courtesy of Dartmouth College Library, used with the permission of the Estate of Robert Frost.

In this episode of “Humanities on Demand,” we join John Ward at the McArthur Public Library in Biddeford for “Robert Frost: The Impossibility of Interpretation.” This talk was held on July 15, 2015 as a Taste of the Humanities event.

Scholar John Ward, formerly of Centre College and Kenyon College, reads and discusses a selection of Frost’s poems. The poems read by audience members were not picked up in our recording, so they are reread here by Kate Webber.

Readers have seen quite a profound shift in the critical reception of Robert Frost’s poetry and life. Frost remains hard to pin down, by any critical standard: his ironic messages shimmer, defying easy paraphrase. Precisely because he is so tricky, Frost deserves and rewards our most careful attention.