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Robert Frost, whose birthday was a week ago today, is probably today still the best-known American poet after Maya Angelou.

But he also wrote a fair amount of criticism, which was collected back in 1973. A few of the lines culled from that book by the Times are worth sharing, whether one is working in prose, poetry, or what have you:

A poem is best read in the light of all the other poems ever written … Progress is not the aim, but circulation.

[Style] indicates how a writer takes himself and what he is saying … It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.

I never knew what was meant by choice of words. It was one word or none.

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