Robert Frost


San Francisco, California


Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874. He lived there until 1885, when his dad died. He and his family then moved to Laurence, Massachusetts. He graduated from Laurence high in 1892, and was baptized, but left it behind when he was an adult. He then went to Dartmouth College until he was accepted into Thelta Delta Chi facility. He later returned home, doing different jobs here and there, realizing that poetry was what he wanted to do.

Robert Frost started writing poems when he was in high school. He wrote one poem in high school that he got published in the high school magazine. After high school, he realized that poetry was what he wanted to do. He later married his wife, Elinor White, who greatly inspired him until her death in 1938. Then when he was abroad, he was introduced to contemporary British poets, one of them helping him publish his poems. He had lots of inspiration between his wife and other famous poets, and made poetry his life career.

"A Brook in the City"

By: Robert Frost

The farmhouse lingers, though averse to square
With the new city street it has to wear
A number in. But what about the brook
That held the house as in an elbow-crook?
I ask as one who knew the brook, its strength
And impulse, having dipped a finger length
And made it leap my knuckle, having tossed
A flower to try its currents where they crossed.
The meadow grass could be cemented down
From growing under pavements of a town;
The apple trees be sent to hearth-stone flame.
Is water wood to serve a brook the same?
How else dispose of an immortal force
No longer needed? Staunch it at its source
With cinder loads dumped down? The brook was thrown
Deep in a sewer dungeon under stone
In fetid darkness still to live and run --
And all for nothing it had ever done
Except forget to go in fear perhaps.
No one would know except for ancient maps
That such a brook ran water. But I wonder
If from its being kept forever under,
The thoughts may not have risen that so keep
This new-built city from both work and sleep