Poetic justice in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY Both CNN-TV and Associated Press news reports this week called it poetic justice. National media attention was again on local student vandals who trashed the summer home of poet Robert Frost. More than two dozen young people who broke into Robert Frosts former home for a beer party and trashed the place are being required to take classes in his poetry as part of their punishment, according to the report. Middlebury College professor Jay Parini will teach the class about Robert Frosts poems to student vandals as part of a local court-diversion program. Using Frosts The Road Not Taken as the focus, Parini will try to right a wrong through poetry. The vandalism occurred at the Homer Noble Farm in Ripton, where Frost spent more than 20 summers before his death in 1963, according to the A.P. Now owned by Middlebury College, the unheated farmhouse on a dead-end road is used occasionally by the college and is open in the warmer months... Up to 50 people descended on the farm, the revelry turning destructive after a chair broke and someone threw it into the fireplace. When it was over, windows, antique furniture and china had been broken, fire extinguishers discharged, and carpeting soiled with vomit and urine. Empty beer cans and drug paraphernalia were left behind. The damage was put at $10,600.

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