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Star-Splitter


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Robert Frost (1874—1963) American poet

 

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Blank-verse narrative by Robert Frost, published in New Hampshire (1923).

Brad McLaughlin's “life-long curiosity About our place among the infinities” culminates in his burning his house down for the insurance, to buy a telescope. He earns a living as a railroad ticket agent and uses his leisure “for star-gazing” through his glass, “the Star-splitter.” Brad and his friend, the poet, often spend their nights in this activity, but though it provides material for “some of the best things we ever said,” they remain in ignorance of the real nature of the universe: “We've looked and looked, but after all where are we?”

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