Books: Poetry, May 18, 1942

A WITNESS TREE—Robert Frost—Holt ($2).

Like an ancient Vermont maple putting forth its leaf in due season, 67-year-old New England Poet Robert Frost this April brought out his seventh book of poems, his first new book in six years. During those years he lost his son (his youngest daughter died in 1935, his wife in 1938); yet the only lines in his book that refer to personal loss read as follows:

I could give all to Time except—except What I myself have held. But why declare The things forbidden that while the Customs slept...

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