Robert Frost

By: Cameron Cherry

Robert Frost was an american poet. Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California and spent 12 years of his life there until his father, William Prescott Frost Jr., died of tuberculosis. After his father's death, Frost, his sister Jeanie and his mother moved to the town of Lawrence, Massachusetts where Frost attended Lawrence High School and where he me his future wife, Elinor White. Frost attended Dartmouth University after his high school graduation in 1892. In 1894, Robert Frost published his first poem "My Butterfly: an Elegy." After publishing the poem, Frost proposed to Elinor, who was attending St. Lawrence University. Later on, Frost and Elinor married on December 19, 1895 and had their first child, Elliot.

In 1897, Frost attended Harvard University, but dropped out two years later because of health concerns. Frost returned to Lawrence to join his wife who was now pregnant with their second child, Lesley, who suffered from mental illness. In 1900, Frost, his wife, and children moved to a farm in New Hampshire (property that Frost's grandfather had purchased for him) and tried to make a life there for the next 12 years. Later on, Elinor gave birth to four more children: Carol, Irma who later suffered from mental illness, Marjorie, and Elinor. Two of the Frost children died: Elliot died of cholera and Elinor died of complications from birth just weeks after she was born. In 1912, Frost and Elinor decided to sell the farm in New Hampshire and move to England, where more publishers would be willing to take a chance on new poets.

After a few months, when Frost was 38, he published his first book of poems called 'A Boy's Will", followed by "North of Boston" a year later and later on met Erza Pound and Edward Thomas who were too poets. Later on, in 1915, Frost and Elinor returned to America early. In 1916 Frost published "Mountian Interval," a collection of poems Frost had made in England. Later on, in 1916, Frosta and Elinor purchased and settle on a farm in Franconia, New Hampshire. It was there that Frost became a teacher at several colleges.

Frost received more than 40 honorary degrees and in 1924, received his first four Pulitzer Prizes for his new book "New Hampshire." In the late 1950's, Frost, Ernest Hemingway, and T.S. Elliot championed release of Erza Pound who was being held in a federal mental hospital for treason. Pound was released in 1958. In 1961, Frost, at the age of 86, was honored when he was asked to write and recite a poem for President John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Frost, with failing eyesight, could not see in the sunlight and substituted the reading with one his poems, "The Gift Outright," which he had memorized.

In 1962, Frost visited the Soviet Union on a good will tour and said that Americans are too liberal to fight. That same year, Congress awarded Frost with the Congressional Gold Medal. On January 29, 1963, Frost from complications related to prostate surgery. Frost was survived by his two daughters, Irma and Lesley, and his ashes were interred at a family plot in Bennington, Vermont.

Lodged, By: Robert Frost

As you can see this poem is a Limerick poem. The figurative language in this poem is Personification because it gives the rain and the wind the human characteristic of talking.

    What the author means in this poem is that he knows how it feels to be knocked down but not give. I chose this poem because it shows how the author felt, but he did not give up. I like that the poem tells you that even if you are knocked down do not give up. I like this poem because of the way it gives it's message.

Elements in the poem:

Metaphor- They smote the garden bed. That the flowers actually knelt.

Tone- And lay lodged-- though not dead. I know how the flowers felt.