SHAFTSBURY -- Robert Frost’s ‘The Oven Bird’" will be the focus of the program scheduled for July 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series at the Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury.

The speaker is Dr. Mark Miller who will share with the audience his unsettling classroom experience with some astounding student interpretations of this quintessential mid-summer poem. Paradoxically he found that a skewed angle of vision can actually yield keener insights into the poem. He invites us to share our perspectives, suggesting that Frost’s "Oven Bird" may well be partly about the act of reading itself.

Dr. Miller is Professor of English and Chair of the English/Communications Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. He earned his Ph.D. at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, is past-president of the Robert Penn Warren Circle and editor of the Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies. His admiration for Frost is partly a reflection of Warren’s, but also comes from thirty years of teaching Frost’s poetry to undergraduates.

All programs in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series are sponsored by the Friends of Robert Frost and offered free of charge. Reservations are not required. Both the Museum and the Little Red Barn, where the talks are held, are handicap accessible. For directions or more information, call 802-447-6200.

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A in South Shaftsbury.


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It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The website address is www.frostfriends.org.