Not All There

By Robert Frost 1874–1963 Robert Frost
I turned to speak to God,
About the world’s despair;
But to make bad matters worse,
I found God wasn’t there.

God turned to speak to me
(Don’t anybody laugh)
God found I wasn’t there—
At least not over half.

Originally appeared in the April 1936 issue of Poetry magazine.

“Not All There” is from the book The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem, © 1969 by Henry Holt and Company, © 1936 by Robert Frost, © 1964 by Lesley Frost Ballantine, reprinted by arrangement with Henry Holt and Company.

Source: Poetry (February 2012).


This poem originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

February 2012
 Robert  Frost


Robert Frost holds a unique and almost isolated position in American letters. “Though his career fully spans the modern period and though it is impossible to speak of him as anything other than a modern poet,” writes James M. Cox, “it is difficult to place him in the main tradition of modern poetry.” In a sense, Frost stands at the crossroads of 19th-century American poetry and modernism, for in his verse may be found the . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Religion, Faith & Doubt, God & the Divine

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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