A series of Christmas cards and booklets containing poetry by the legendary poet Robert Frost will be on display at a Vermont college for the first time in over half a century years, reports says.
Middlebury College will host the poems, some of which were published in the cards for the first time, the Associated Press reports. The cards date back to 1929, with the first including Frost’s famous work, “Christmas Trees.”
In the poem, he wrote, “He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees / My woods — the young fir balsams like a place / Where houses all are churches and have spires.”
The cards were donated to the college in 1961, two years before Frost’s death, according to the site.
The “Frostiana” will be on display in a special collections exhibit at the college called, Holiday Greetings from Robert Frost and the Spiral Press, according to the school. The complete set will feature 28 holiday cards, all “true” first editions of some of the poems.
“This is a unique thing for a major poet, to decide to give out Christmas cards every year with a unique poem in it and to send it out to his closest friends,” Jay Parini, a professor at the college and a Frost biographer, told the AP.
“This meant a lot to Frost, that’s why I love seeing it here.”
School officials plan to hold a reception in honor of the exhibition on Thursday.