Gun Control © Wright, the Detroit News

Century Marks

Two paths diverged: An unpublished poem by Robert Frost was found earlier this year in a copy of North of Boston, Frost’s second book, given to his friend Frederic Melcher, the publisher who started the Newbery and Caldecott awards for children’s literature. The poem, “War Thoughts at Home,” was written as a tribute to Edward Thomas, a friend who died in the trenches in World War I. This poem is the closest Frost came to condemning the war, according to Robert Stilling, who discovered the poem. In “A Romantic Chasm,” an essay published after World War II, Frost said that he wished Thomas were alive so he could ask him “if it isn’t true that the world is in parts and the separation of the parts as important as the connection of the parts” (Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall).


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