Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. He spent the first 12 years of his life there, until his father died of tuberculosis. Following his father's death, Frost moved with his mother and sister Jeanie to the town of Lawrence, Massachusetts. They moved in with his grandparents, and Frost attended Lawrence High School, where he met his future wife, Elinor White, his co-valedictorian.
In 1912, Frost and Elinor decided to sell the farm in New Hampshire and move the family to England, where more publishers would be willing to take a chance on new poets, they believed. Within just a few months he found a publisher who would publish his first book of poems, A Boy’s Will, followed by North of Boston a year later.
A Patch of Old Snow
There's a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.
It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten --
If I ever read it.