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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Friday March 1st 2024

Speaking of walls”¦”¦”¦”¦”¦”¦”¦

“Nikita Krushchev, the much feared leader of the Soviet Union, liked [Robert] Frost immensely and hosted him in Russia in 1962.  Yet Frost, who never made public displays of emotion, let his feelings about belligerent Russian actions be known.  At one dinner in Moscow, he recited his poem ”˜Mending Wall.”'

”˜Something there is that doesn”'t love a wall, / That sets the frozen ground swell under it”¦.Before I built a wall I”'d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out, / And to whom I was like to give offense.”' Western Europe and America in particular knew that Frost was reprimanding the erection of the Berlin Wall and applauded the gentle, effective way the poet made his point.”Â  ”“ Robert Frost Andrea Fusco, Editor Greenhaven Press 1999

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