The Line-Gang

 by Robert Frost

Robert Frost (c) Fred Palumbo / Library of Congress

Robert Frost (c) Fred Palumbo / Library of Congress

Here come the line-gang pioneering by.
They throw a forest down less cut than broken.
They plant dead trees for living, and the dead
They string together with a living thread.
They string an instrument against the sky
Wherein words whether beaten out or spoken
Will run as hushed as when they were a thought
But in no hush they string it: they go past
With shouts afar to pull the cable taut,
To hold it hard until they make it fast,
To ease away—they have it. With a laugh,
An oath of towns that set the wild at naught
They bring the telephone and telegraph.


This poem is in the public domain.


Robert Frost (1874-1963) was a US-American writer. By the 1920s, he was the most celebrated poet in the United States, winning four Pulitzer Prizes and many more awards. “The Line-Gang” was published in Robert Frost’s poetry collection Mountain Interval (1916).

Collected Poetry by Robert Frost.


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