Wednesday, June 4, 2008

And miles to go before I sleep

From the NYTimes 6/3/08: More than two dozen young people who broke into Robert Frost’s former home for a beer party and severely damaged the house are being required to take classes in his poetry as part of their punishment. Using “The Road Not Taken” and another poem as jumping-off points, a Frost biographer, Jay Parini, left, hopes to show the vandals the error of their ways, and the redemptive power of poetry. Said the prosecutor, John Quinn, who asked Mr. Parini to teach the classes, “I guess I was thinking that if these teens had a better understanding of who Robert Frost was and his contribution to our society, that they would be more respectful of other people’s property in the future and would also learn something from the experience.” Twenty-eight people were charged, mostly with trespassing.

What can I say? What can any of us say?

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