In celebration of National Poetry Month this April, Delmarva Public Radio is featuring “Literary Biographies with Sue Ellen Thompson” to be broadcast each Thursday morning at 9:00 am on WSDL 90.7. In this series, Sue Ellen Thompson discusses the life and work of three eminent American poets: Robert Frost, Jane Kenyon, and Jack Gilbert. The following talk is the first in the series and is titled “Robert Frost, Wild Man.” To listen to the podcast of this lecture which was broadcast on April 4, 2019, click here or visit the Delmarva Public Radio website www.delmarvapublicradio.net.
Sue Ellen Thompson, a distinguished poet in her own right, has published five books of poetry, served as editor of the 2005 edition of the Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and is the recipient of numerous awards including nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. Her poems have been read a number of times on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”
All four of the programs in this series are produced by Delmarva Public Radio with the cooperation of the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Maryland and The Talbot County Arts Council which funded the original lecture series on which this program is based. All of the lectures were recorded in the Frederic Douglass room of the Talbot County Free Library before a live audience.
“Robert Frost, Wild Man,” focuses on the life of Frost following the death of his wife, Elinor in 1938. Frost is probably the best known and best loved poet in America and when we think of him, we think of a gentle soul sitting by the fireside in his New England cottage writing verse like “The Road Not Taken” or “Mending Wall,” poetry that touches our own gentle nature. Following the death of Elinor, however, Frost was a man in conflict. To ease his guilt and his depression, he reached out for another man’s wife. Sue Ellen’s lecture is the story of Frost’s relationship with that woman.