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June 20, 2013

Column: Robert Frost really was a telephone eavesdropper

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The telephone book is now on exhibit at the Robert Frost Farm, right next to the crank telephone on the wall. You must go see it. When you look at it, think of Rob Frost eavesdropping on the party line so he could learn to speak and write like a Derry farmer.

These short, crisp speech patterns can be heard in most of his poetry. Just don’t look at it and think about how once everybody believed Rick Holmes, even though he didn’t know what he was talking about, and Lesley Frost did.

Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry. His office hours at the Municipal Center are Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.

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