What Evaporates from All Translations: The Poetry of Robert Frost 


This eight-week course will explore—via close reading and discussion—selected poems of American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). Specifically, we will examine how Frost uses the many tools of the poet to draw the universal out of the local. Prepare to be surprised and to see this familiar poet in a new light. Perhaps we’ll come to understand what Frost meant when he famously said: “Poetry is a momentary stay against confusion.” The course will be loosely organized around the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. 




Reading: Any text of Frost’s poetry will do. Suggestions are: Robert Frost, Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays, ISBN 978-1883011062; The Poetry of Robert Frost, ISBN 978-0805069860.

About the Instructor

John Haile had a 42-year career as a secondary school teacher and administrator (Avon Old Farms School, Western Reserve Academy, Brooks School). He taught Frost’s poems throughout his career. 


John Haile
Email: john.h.haile@gmail.com


9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
8-week course
Begins February 14, 2023



On Zoom