50th anniversary of the death of Frost looks to draw fans


Saturday January 26, 2013 BENNINGTON -- "I had a lover's quarrel with the world" reads the headstone above the grave of poet Robert Frost, who died 50 years ago as of Tuesday, Jan. 29. The gravesite resides behind the Old First Church, which celebrated the anniversary of its founding 250 years ago last year, in Bennington and the museum that grew out of his home in Shaftsbury draw thousands of pilgrims each year.

On Tuesday, the Friends of Robert Frost invite those interested to come to the Old First Church at 2 p.m. for public readings of their favorite Frost works.

"We're trying to keep poetry alive in little old Bennington-area," Vice President of the Friends of Robert Frost Lea Newman said. "This is just a call for people to come and participate."

In 2000, a dedicated group of Robert Frost fans and scholars formed the Friends of Robert Frost. Two years after the group's founding they purchased his Shaftsbury home, which he lived in for 18 years, to turn it into a museum, since then the group has brought in guest lectuerers during their season, from May through October.

"(Frost) is generally considered to be America's most popular poet but he's also respected by the critics and the academics because he is considered to be a very good poet," Newman said.

For more information on the memorial program or to become a "Friend" contact Carole Thompson at 802-823-7319 or at frostnow@sover.net

Contact Andrew Roiter at aroiter@benningtonbanner.com; follow him on Twitter @Banner_arts


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