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January 31, 2013


Thank you, Jenny, for this excellent post. I share your enthusiasm for Frost's "Bereft." -- DL

Thanks, David. I hadn't been at all familiar with the Thomas Gray poem until I read your post. Was it hard for you to figure out which poem to write about for Slate?

I was so surprised to learn Frost wrote "Bereft" pre-1900, because it feels so markedly different from his other tiny early pieces from "A Boy's Will" (the poems he would have been writing around the same years).

I wonder why he waited so long to publish it? Was he uncomfortable perhaps at first with the poem's refusal of closure...or was he hiding raw shame or grief or atheism from public scrutiny? The "ear" on the poem feels different from other early shorter works too.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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