Into My Own

by John Evangelist Walsh. Grove, $19.95. Assuming that the years (1912-1915) that Robert Frost spent in England were those in which he achieved his mature poetic technique, Mr. Walsh has made a thorough study of the poet’s activities during that period. He has found evidence that the use of normal speech patterns in poetry was an idea that lurked in Frost’s mind before he went abroad. In England, unencumbered by chickens or schoolteaching, and moving, as he soon came to do, among people who took poetry seriously, he had the freedom to put that idea successfully into practice. There is more to Mr. Walsh’s book than literary detective work. The maneuvers of the impecunious Frost family on unfamiliar ground and sketches of such acquaintances as Pound and Yeats make a lively chronicle.