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Profs & Pints: Robert Frost’s Winter

December 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0

$2 – $12

Profs and Pints presents: “Robert Frost’s Winter,” with Michael Manson, former lecturer on literature at American University and past president of the Robert Frost Society.

“Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.”

Thus begins “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which ranks as one of the most popular American poems of the 20th century and helped cement Robert Frost’s status as of one of our nation’s most beloved poets. As we approach the darkest evening of the year, come to the Bier Baron Tavern for a talk that will have you delighting in Frost and embracing winter, the subject of several of his poems.

Winter challenges modern urban Americans less immediately than it did Frost, who owned several New England farms. Yet the questions Frost raised through the metaphor of winter remain vital. Are humans meant to live and thrive on this planet, or is existence some cruel joke? How do we explain human resilience, the ability to keep pushing through despite the odds? Is there some force above us, in life itself, or some stubbornness at the heart of being human? What does it mean to thrive?

Frost raised questions like these in his poetry without answering them. For him, the answers are to be found in the process of making. Whether we’re making poems, keeping gardens, playing sports, building careers, or raising families, we are all turning chaos into order. “Strongly spent,” Frost says, “is synonymous with kept,” and he is inspired by those times when humans spend their lives strongly and thus keep them.

Come hear Michael Manson, a veteran scholar of Frost, read and discuss some of Frost’s poems on winter and other subjects. He’ll cover some of Frost’s best-known poems—“Stopping by Woods,” “Desert Places,” “The Wood-Pile”—as well as lesser-known works such as “Afterflakes,” “Questioning Faces,” and “Good-by and Keep Cold.” Whether you walk out with miles—or just a few blocks—to go before you sleep, you’ll leave with a different perspective on the season ahead.

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December 19, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
$2 – $12
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The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20037 United States
202 293-1888
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