That Robert Frost's Yankee image was the result of a long and deep relationship with New England was, for a long time, a commonly held article of faith. Frost, of course, endorsed this view of himself as a Yankee farmer-poet and in fact assiduously cultivated such an image in the early stages of his career — as John Kemp has documented in his book Robert Frost and New England. But Frost adopted the persona of the Yankee farmer-poet not because it was autobiographically accurate but because that persona gave him the framework which he desired, from which he could make his observations in the mode that best suited his temperament: laconic, ironic, understated, and shrewd.



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