Robert Frost: Imaginative Conservative

By |2016-03-11T10:37:17-05:00January 28th, 2016|

Shortly before the death of Robert Frost, the editor of a selection of critical essays on the poet summarized the case for his prosecution as politically retrograde: “When, during the Thirties, poetry discovered a whole new reality in the political liberalism of the time, Frost became even more removed from the intellectual center of [...]

The Hidden Depths in Robert Frost

By |2019-03-20T16:42:37-05:00November 8th, 2014|Tags: |

Peter J. Stanlis contends that Robert Frost’s dualistic, “unsystematic philosophical view of reality” is the “foremost single element that scholars and literary critics need to consider in any study of his life and thought, including the themes of his poetry” (1). This assertion is, arguably, an overstatement, but, as for many Frost scholars, Stanlis’s [...]

We Won: Burke and De Tocqueville

By |2014-01-18T15:59:53-05:00May 24th, 2013|

Figureheads Coming and Going For any of us interested in the history of post-war American conservatism (and, I assume you must be, or you wouldn’t be reading The Imaginative Conservative), we owe an immense debt to several historical figures and personalities—most immediately to Edmund Burke and Alexis de Tocqueville, but also to Cicero, St. [...]

Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher

By |2014-01-18T16:04:35-05:00January 31st, 2013|Tags: |

Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher, by Peter J. Stanlis. Probably no other American poet has suffered more misunderstanding at the hands of his readers, admirers and detractors alike, than Robert Frost. The range and variety of misreadings of both the man and his poetry are legion: he was simply a nature poet, child [...]

America Is Hard to See: The American Republic

By |2014-01-18T16:15:06-05:00August 1st, 2012|Tags: |

The American Republic: Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny, by Orestes A. Brownson, [ISI 2002] It is always a great intellectual experience to examine the operations of a powerful, intuitive, and penetrating mind at work upon the perennial public concerns of civilized humanity. The experience takes on significant additional dimensions when such a mind brings to bear [...]

The War on Conservatism

By |2016-11-26T09:52:16-05:00May 3rd, 2012|

The philosophical roots of modern political conservatism extend back over many generations through Burke and the natural law to the Middle Ages and classical antiquity. This meant that in every historical epoch in Western civil society there have always been some conservatives. Over the next three decades Russell [Kirk] and I found that this fact [...]

Rehabilitating Robert Frost: The Unity of his Literary, Cultural, and Political Thought

By |2016-07-26T15:43:43-05:00April 2nd, 2012|Tags: |

Robert Frost William H. Pritchard’s book, Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered (New York: Oxford University Press, 1984), is an important milestone in scholarship and criticism of Robert Frost—as a man and a poet—and provides a good occasion for a retrospective assessment of Frost’s life and his enduring literary, cultural, and political significance [...]

The Legacies of Edmund Burke and Robert Frost

By |2015-04-25T23:44:30-05:00March 4th, 2012|Tags: , |

James E. Person, Jr. interviews Peter J. Stanlis Peter Stanlis’s groundbreaking work, Edmund Burke and the Natural Law (1958), forever changed the way scholars view Burke’s work. Mr. Stanlis (1919-2011) placed Burke firmly in the tradition of Western natural law reasoning. Mr. Stanlis has also published a number of essays and articles on Frost, including Robert [...]

How to Teach: The Remarkable Mr. Frost

By |2017-06-27T13:02:50-05:00March 10th, 2011|

Education by poetry is education by metaphor.—Robert Frost Robert Frost The older I get the more I am convinced that a young teacher can learn almost everything he needs to know about teaching by reading Robert Frost. He once said that “the three strands of my life” were “writing, teaching, and farming.” He [...]