Autumn Harvest: Selected Poems

By Bert Almon

A review of Autumn Harvest: Selected Poems by Stanley Brice Frost

Published on April 1, 2004

Autumn Harvest: Selected Poems
Stanley Brice Frost

McGill University Libraries
$34.95
cloth
320pp
0-7735-2648-X

In publishing Autumn Harvest, a deluxe edition of the poems of Stanley Brice Frost, it is clear that the McGill University Libraries are celebrating a person more than publishing a literary work. Frost, who is now 92, had a distinguished career as a teacher and administrator at McGill. His work is graceful, allusive, genteel, full of noble sentiment and deep piety. A typical poem, “Hampstead Garden,” moves from “this longest day in June / a slender, maiden moon / hung crescent in clear sky” to “Beauty so perfect / in my own backyard / I stood in awe.” The book is faithful to conventions that now seem tired. It is a throwback to Georgian poetry. The tropes are too familiar. mRb

Bert Almon lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Retired from teaching, he follows the careers of his former students.

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