Christmas Trees by Robert FrostI love Robert Frost, I love trees, and I love poetry. They all come together in his poem Christmas Trees, which he wrote in 1916 as part of a Christmas letter to friends. At that time, a tree cost one dollar. The storyline in this narrative poem is that a city businessman wants to buy 1,000 fir trees from a Vermont farmer for $30 to sell as Christmas trees in town. After the farmer takes him on a tour of his land, he turns the man away with no business deal in sight and with the trees safely growing through future years. With the poem portrayed across the pages of a picture book of the same name, the written imagery is enhanced through beautiful, nature-filled illustrations by Ted Rand, and the poem becomes accessible to children, too. I really enjoyed this book and will be using it with my college students when we study poetry during fall semesters, right before Christmas!
On Robert Frost: Christmas Inquiry and Discovery
Listen Listening Some Christmas traditions — like trees, and ornaments and carols — seem to be as popular as ever. It remains to be seen what the future holds for the Christmas card, but among the finest Christmas cards sent in years past came from New England's most well-loved poet, Robert Frost. In addition to being the most celebrated American poet of his day, extolling the rural life in northern New England and the people who lived it, Robert Frost was a Christmas lover, and for nearly 30 years he sent friends and supporters what were probably the most ornate and unique Christmas cards they ever received. Not surprisingly, the tradition started with a poem. Smith says Frost liked seeing his words take on visual beauty, accompanied and complemented by those woodcuts and engravings.
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A Christmas Circular Letter.
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