Robert Frost

Early Life

Robert Frost was born on March 26th 1874 in San Francisco. His father died when he was 12 and shortly after the rest of the family moved to Massachusetts. Frost met his future wife, Elinor White, in high school. He attended Dartmouth University where he wrote his first poem in 1894 entitled "My Butterfly: an Elegy". Robert and Elinor married in 1895 and had their first child in 1896.

In 1897, Robert Frost attended Harvard University but had to leave after 2 years because of health problems. In all Robert and Elinor Frost had 6 children but two of them died. Elliot died in 1900 from cholera and Elinor Jr. died shortly after she was born. While living on a farm during this time, it inspired many of Frost's poems to be set in the countryside.

In 1912 Robert and Elinor decided to pack everything up and move away from the farm to England to further his poetry career. Frost's poetry career flourished while in England and was a significant part of his life. However, when WWI broke out in 1915 the family moved back to America. When Frost came back to the US, his publisher Henry Holt helped him publish many poems.

When the Frost family moved back to a farm in New Hampshire, Robert began teaching poetry at several colleges in the area. Some of these colleges included Dartmouth, University of Michigan, and Amherst College. Robert has received many honorary awards through his lifetime including the Pulitzer Prize which he won several times.

When Frost was 86 years old, he was asked to recite a poem at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.

On January 29th 1963, Robert Frost passed away from complications of prostate surgery.

Poetry

Robert Frost is a unique poet when it comes to classifying a poetry style. He wrote at the cross roads between 19th century poetry and modern day poetry. In his poems you can find 19th century writing tendencies as well as contemporary ideas. Robert's poems often reflected emotions and events in everyday activities. He uses everyday conversation in his work and it shows how In his poems there was often a deeper meaning such as hate, love, and conflict. Frost suffered from deep depression after essentially going through the death of almost everyone he loved. His poems some times showed that mentality. Robert Frost often used meter and rhythm to enhance the beauty of his words.

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken was written by Robert Frost in 1920. This is probably the most well known poem of Frost's. It actually might be one of the most well known poems in the world. Personally I have read this poem many of times and every time I learn something new about it. In the first three stanzas of the poem, it describes two paths that are practically the same. The narrator has the choice of two roads and he chooses the one less traveled by. In the end the narrator says "and that has made all the difference". I am not sure whether that is a good or bad thing. That is what is up for interpretation.

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