Summer 1945 • Vol. VII No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1945 |

The 43rd Chapter of Job

A Masque Of Reason by Robert Frost. Henry Holt. $2.00. The dramatic immediacy and sense of the poignant irony of human speech which have always characterized Frost’s poetry are put to new use in this ambiguous short dialogue, published on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Job and his wife here continue to question God with a gay pugnacity to which the form and title of the masque are strictly fitting. And although Lawrence Thompson has already told us how a recent serious illness turned the poet’s mind to this reconsideration of the problem of the Book of Job, the theme has long been as appropriate to the author of "The Road Not Taken" as to the character in "The Star-Splitter" who burned his house down for the insurance And spent the proceeds on a telescopeTo satisfy a life-long curiosityAbout our place among the infinities. Frost’s wisdom, like Job’s and like that of the most moving speakers in his New England poems, is both empirical and gnomic; it appea

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