Thursday, September 28, 2006

OBSCURE ROBERT FROST POEM DISCOVERED BY GRAD STUDENT September 27, 2006 Associated PressAn unpublished Robert Frost poem, a tribute to a friend killed during World War I, has been rediscovered and will appear next week in the fall issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review, the University of Virginia announced Wednesday. "War Thoughts at Home" first emerged in 1918 when Frost inscribed it in a copy of "North of Boston," his second collection. The poem was not seen again until a graduate student at the University of Virginia, Robert Stilling, recently spotted "War Thoughts" while looking through some Frost papers

ROBERT FROST POEM IS DISCOVERED September 28, 2006 New York TimesA previously unknown poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963) is to be published on Monday in The Virginia Quarterly Review. Found by a graduate student, Robert Stilling, in a collection of books and manuscripts bought by the University of Virginia, the 35-line poem, "War Thoughts at Home," was written in 1918, not long after Frost's friend and fellow poet Edward Thomas was killed in World War I.

FROST POEM FOUND AT U.VA. / GRAD STUDENT DISCOVERS HANDWRITTEN WORK IN UNCATALOGED PAPERS September 28, 2006 Richmond Times-DispatchA U.Va. graduate student, poking through a box of uncataloged material at the school's library, has found an unpublished poem by Robert Frost. The poem, "War Thoughts at Home," was handwritten by Frost in a copy of "North of Boston," his second collection of poetry. The poem is signed by Frost and dated January 1918.


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At 5:48 PM, Blogger Waldo Jaquith said...

NPR came by the VQR office today and did some interviews with us for Weekend Edition. Check it out on Sunday -- they'll have one piece where they interview editor Ted Genoways and the fellow who found the poem, and another about how VQR got to be as well-known as it is.

At 9:46 PM, Blogger Gerald Huml said...

Waldo, thanks for stopping by and letting me know!

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Waldo Jaquith said...

Hey, as long as I'm bragging, CBS is sending a crew to the office today for the evening news. :)

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Da' Square Wheelman, said...

This is what I've been able to piece together from various reports.

War Thoughts at Home
Robert Frost
[35 lines, 7 stanzas, each 5 lines]

The flurry of bird war [?]

It is late in an afternoon
More grey with snow to fall
Than white with fallen snow
When it is blue jay and crow
Or no bird at all.

3. [or 1?]
On the backside of the house
Where it wears no paint to the weather
And so shows most its age,
Suddenly blue jays rage
And flash in blue feather.


And one says to the rest
“We must just watch our chance
And escape one by one-
Though the fight is no more done
Than the war is in France.”

Than the war is in France!
She thinks of a winter camp
Where soldiers for France are made.
She draws down the window shade
And it glows with an early lamp.

The uneven sheds stretch back
Shed behind shed in train
Like cars that have long lain
Dead on a side track.


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