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.