Robert Frost’s New Hampshire
Performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
Pontine Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews will perform original stagings of six early poems by Robert Frost, a long-time summer resident of Franconia. Frost’s first of four Pulitzer Prizes was awarded in 1924 for his volume: “New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes.” Known for his New England settings, his down to earth, stark depictions of the difficulties of rural farm life, and his use of colloquial speech, Robert Frost is widely admired as a true American Master. Harriet Munroe, publisher and editor of “Poetry,” wrote that “perhaps no other poet in our history has put the best of the Yankee spirit into a book so completely.” She notes that while Frost’s narrative, character-based poems are often dark and satirical, Frost always has a “sympathetic humor” towards his subjects.