Books: Hardy Perennial

STEEPLE BUSH (62 pp.)—Robert Frost —Henry Holt ($2.50).

Robert Lee Frost is the dean of living U.S. poets by virtue of both age and achievement. At 72, the four-time Pulitzer Prizewinner has lost little of his craftsmanship and none of his crackling vigor. But what was once only granitic Yankee individualism in his work has hardened into bitter and often uninspired Tory social commentary. The 43 poems of Steeple Bush do nothing to enlarge his greatness and no one of them could begin to displace the best of his Collected Poems. But devoted Frost readers will recognize an old familiar voice in...

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