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10. Rhythms
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Robert Frost - Selected Archive Items

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[5873] Dorothea Lange, Napa Valley, CA. More Than Twenty-Five Years a Bindle-Stiff. Walks from the Mines to the Lumber Camps to the Farms (1938),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USF34-018799-E].
Transients, referred to as "hobos" or "bindle-stiffs," often traveled around the country by rail and on foot, working odd seasonal jobs such as harvesting crops or lumber. During the depression, the hobo became a character in American literature, particularly in works by Jack London, John Dos Passos, and Robert Frost. Poems and autobiographies by hobos themselves also flourished.

[7111] Samuel H. Gottscho, Gate Bordered by Stone Walls (c. 1918),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC2-4334].
This photograph shows a fence constructed in typical New England style: stone laid upon stone. In poems such as "Mending Wall," Robert Frost emphasized rural New England settings and used images like this to represent larger concepts.

[8002] Anonymous, Robert Frost, Head-and-Shoulders Portrait, Facing Front (between 1910 and 1920),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-115064].
Robert Frost is often thought of as a pastoral New England poet, but even his simplest-seeming poems engage complicated questions about life and death, good and evil.

[9066] Joseph John Kirkbride, Panorama of Mooseriver Village (c. 1884-91),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-61485].
"Good fences make good neighbors," Robert Frost tells us in "Mending Wall." Nineteenth-century writer Sarah Orne Jewett, the daughter of a country doctor, also drew much of her inspiration from the small-town New England life with which she was familiar.

[9142] William Shakespeare, from Macbeth (c. 1608),
courtesy of Project Gutenberg.
Macbeth's famous soliloquy from Act 5, scene 5 of Macbeth. Numerous works of American literature have drawn on this soliloquy, including William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury and Robert Frost's "Out, Out-."

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