Falling in Love with Words: Or, How to Read a Poem

Christopher Benson leads a slow reading of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

To really fall in love with words, a Christian teacher of poetry must first be in love with the Word, that is to say, Jesus Christ – the poet par excellence. Right belief (orthodoxy) about the Word precedes and pervades a right practice (orthopraxy) of studying words. For an exercise in slow reading, we will surrender ourselves to Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” paying loving attention to its form and content.

Christopher Benson

Christopher Benson is an English Instructor and Faculty Coordinator at The Cambridge School of Dallas. He has studied at Wheaton College, Missouri School of Journalism, Oxford University, and St. John’s College and written for a variety of publications, including Christianity Today, Books & Culture, The Weekly Standard, and First Things. His blog is bensonian.wordpress.com.

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