Drawing on his 37 years of experience teaching in English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf School of English, Professor Elder will do close readings of selected Frost poems to highlight Frost's skill as a naturalist and the way in which his ecological insights shaped his poems.
This third program in the 2013 'Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost' series, sponsored by the Friends of Robert Frost, should appeal to environmentalists as well as poetry lovers.
In addition to Professor Elder's interest in Frost, his classes often focused on American nature writing, English Romantic poetry, and Japan's haiku tradition. His last three books - 'Reading the Mountains of Home,' 'The Frog Run' and 'Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa' - combined discussion of literature, descriptions of the Vermont landscape and memoir.
He and his wife live in the village of Bristol and run a a maple-sugaring operation with the families of their sons in the nearby hills of Starksboro.
The programs in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series are offered free of charge and reservations are not required. Both the Museum and the Little Red Barn are handicap accessible. For directions or more information, call
The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A in South Shaftsbury. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.