West-Running Brook

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First edition

West-Running Brook is a book of poetry by Robert Frost, written in 1923 and published by Henry Holt and Co. in 1928, and containing woodcuts by J. J. Lankes. Because of this volume, Robert Frost is called "Home Spun Philosopher". The title of the poem the volume is named by is very significant. In the poems location, (Derry, New Hampshire), due to its location near the coast, all rivers flow towards the ocean, but West Running Brook (a real brook) goes westward making itself unique, in the same way; the poet trusts himself to go by contraries.


  • "Spring Pools"
  • "The Freedom of the Moon"
  • "The Rose Family"
  • "Fireflies in the Garden"
  • "Atmosphere"
  • "Devotion"
  • "On Going Unnoticed"
  • "The Cocoon"
  • "A Passing Glimpse"
  • "A Peck of Gold"
  • "Acceptance"
  • "Once by the Pacific"
  • "Lodged"
  • "A Minor Bird"
  • "Bereft"
  • "Tree at My Window"
  • "The Peaceful Shepherd"
  • "The Thatch"
  • "A Winter Eden"
  • "The Flood"
  • "Acquainted with the Night"
  • "The Lovely Shall Be Choosers"
  • "West-Running Brook"
  • "Sand Dunes"
  • "Canis Major"
  • "A Soldier"
  • "Immigrants"
  • "Hannibal"
  • "The Flower Boat"
  • "The Times Table"
  • "The Investment"
  • "The Last Mowing"
  • "The Birthplace"
  • "The Door in the Dark"
  • "Dust in the Eyes"
  • "Sitting by a Bush in Broad Sunlight"
  • "The Armful"
  • "What Fifty Said"
  • "Riders"
  • "On Looking Up by Chance at the Constellations"
  • "The Bear"
  • "The Egg and the Machine"


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  1. ^ - contents verified in scanned copy of contents pages of Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays(Library of America, 1995)

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