Episode Air Date: February 20, 2017
Artist: Norman Corwin
Recording Title: The Runaway
You’re listening to Norman Corwin read Robert Frost’s The Runaway. The poem describes travelers and their encounter with a young colt, left out in a snowstorm.
So, not to play poet psychologist here, but maybe Frost’s concern for the youngster relates to his own childhood. He was a nervous student from the start; He was sent home from Kindergarten on his first day with stomach pains. The same condition would follow him throughout his schooling, even during college at Harvard. Frost would never receive an actual degree from there, or anywhere, but would amass over 40 honorary ones. He was also named Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a title since renamed “Poet Laureate.”
Corwin himself was known as the “Poet Laureate of Radio.” For more on this giant of broadcasting, go to soundbeat.org right now.