This Verse Business by A.M. Dolan, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 10/20/11-11/13/11, http://www.merrimackrep.org/season/show.aspx?sid=101.
Reviewed by Anthony Geehan
(Lowell, MA) There is an inherent problem in the study of classic poetry. Most of what is deemed worthwhile to scholars are works that tend to be genre defying and broke the conventions of the times they were written in. However, when a poet’s collection becomes so widely revered, scholars tend to set them as the new template for the system that the writer had originally broken through. This leads to the poems losing much of their edge and therefore becoming mundane to modern audiences. There is possibly no bigger victim of this “catch-22” than west coast born, New England based poet Robert Frost, and there is possibly no better cure for this academic sickness than a play like This Verse Business. Continue reading