Frost was introduced by Hugh Hodgson, then head of the UGA music department. In his lecture, Frost pointed out that "books played a dominant role" for "every profession and science," and yet he believed colleges were neglecting such basics in the instruction of their students. He also read several poems, including Birches, Mending Wall, and Death of the Hired Man.
After the lecture, the Red and Black student newspaper, then a weekly, ran an editorial asking "why such dignitaries should be forced to speak in the cramped quarters of the Chapel while the Fine Arts auditorium is not in use." The paper cited "countless students turned away in disgust" in January from an overcrowded Chapel lecture by Atlanta journalist Jack Tarver as evidence of the on-going problem.
For Frost's lecture, they noted that of the mere handful of students able to fit into the building that morning, many could not see Frost as they were positioned behind columns and just outside the doorways. The editorial ended with a warning that students would lose interest in these events "because they know seats will be virtually unattainable." However, speakers continued to be scheduled for the Chapel and artistic performances in the Fine Arts auditorium for the rest of the Sesquicentennial Year.
- Athens Banner-Herald, February - June, 1951 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- The Red and Black Archives collection of the Digital Library of Georgia.
- A Walking Tour of the University of Georgia by F. N. Boney in the Heritage and general collections.
- Literary Reference Center collection on GALILEO.
- Robert Frost by Harold Bloom in the general collection.
- Robert Frost Speaking on Campus: Excerpts from His Talks, 1949-1962, edited by Edward Connery in the New Books collection.
- Robert Frost: The Later Years, 1938-1963 by Lawrence Roger Thompson in the biography collection.
- Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays by Robert Frost in the general collection.
- Birches by Robert Frost in the general and children's collections.
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost in the children's collection.