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Robert Frost

House vs. Home

A house is not a home. It is but a pile of sticks. “‘Home is,” on the other hand, as Robert Frost famously said, “the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in.’” Less well known, and more resonant, are the words that follow: “‘I should have called it / Something you somehow haven’t to deserve.’”

The First Inaugural Poet

January 18, 2013

  This manuscript of “The Gift Outright” is part of the Frost correspondence and manuscripts in the VQR archives in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia In honor of President Barack Oba [...]


Back out of all this now too much for us,
Back in a time made simple by the loss
Of detail, burned, dissolved, and broken off