Lyndon State College instructor Richard Aberle will deliver a lecture on Robert Frost, Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. Entitled “Always Wrong to the Light: Allegories of Reading in the Poetry of Robert Frost: A Lecture in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Robert Frost,” Aberle’s talk will be a close reading and critical analysis of a number of key poems by Robert Frost.
According to Aberle, “The nature of reading was a central preoccupation of modernism. Frost too was concerned about the nature of reading and the means by which meaning itself is constructed in a poem, and several of his poems serve as allegories of reading.” Frost repeatedly claimed that mischief was at the heart of poetry. Examining several rhetorical figures of speech that appear prominently in Frost’s poetry, the lecture will explore the “mischief” in several of his most popular poems, including “The Road Not Taken” and “The Wood-Pile,” and show how Frost seems to deliberately invite misreading.
The lecture will be in the Rita Bole Community Room; room 314 in the Rita Bole Complex at Lyndon State College. Aberle is LSC’s Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach and is currently writing on the rhetorical construction of the self in the poetry of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens, and the refiguring of modernism in the poetry of Robert Frost.