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Contents Preface ix Introduction by Jay Parini xiii 1. Taking Dominion over the Wilderness 1 2. Darwin, the Book of Job, and Frost's A Masque of Reason 33 3. Loss and Inheritance in Wordsworth's "Michael" and Frost's "Wild Grapes" 61 4. Mourning and Acceptance 92 5. The Modern Muse: Stevens and Frost 112 6. Enigmatical Reserve: Robert Frost as Teacher and Preacher 136 7. Robert Frost's "As If" Belief 150 8. Self-Deception, Lying, and Fictive Truthfulness 169 9. Reading the Landscape: Place and Nothingness 193 10. Parenthood and Perspective 205 Notes 229 Selected Bibliography of Critical and Biographical Works 235 Index 237
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 Criticism and interpretation, Belief and doubt in literature