Frost: “To Earthward”

Robert Pinsky reads Frost’s poem as a defining example of what a line is. The “dance” between syntax and line, with the proposal that lines in “free” verse and “formal” verse is not absolutely different. To illustrate that point, a reference to William Carlos Williams’ poem “To a Poor Old Woman,” and “they taste good to her.” The beauty of that “dance” in the voice compared to naïve and actory ways of reading aloud—in contrast to the ideal.