I have to laugh (gently) at my 15 year old self who thought she was very mature for her age. She/I loved “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and did not once think the of the Woods as Death. Even though she/I understood “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.”

I also didn’t know about Frost’s tragic life. I love that he says, “It goes on.” It reminds me of my Mother’s attitude. She has much more of a faith in humanity and the world to turn out all right in the end than I have. She lived through World War II and lots of other things, including personal tragedies, and she still has within her “an invincible summer,” her favorite quotation. I don’t have that. I have a deep ongoing anxiety about the world and my place in it. I am already starting to think about losing my Mother and wondering if I will survive that. I am perhaps unconsciously looking for words like Frost’s that give me examples of people who were able to go on.

Sorry I made this comment all about me. It was a wonderful essay. I want to know more about Frost now. I’ll also look out for your other writings.

Linguist, philosopher, lover of history, wordhound, 21 year New Yorker, searching for meaning in the universe

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