Robert Frost

March 26, 1874 - January 29, 1963

Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco ,California. His mother was Isabelle Moodie and father William Prescott Frost, Jr. In 1982, Robert Frost graduated from Lawrence High School. He grew up in the city, and published his first poem in his high school's magazine, despite his later association with rural life. He attended Dartmouth College and stayed long enough to be accepted into the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Delivering newspaper and factory labor, Robert Frost returned home to teach and to work at various jobs. Feeling as his true calling as a poet, he did not enjoy these jobs at all.

For fifteen dollars, in 1894 he sold his first poem, "My Butterfly: An Elegy." "A Boy's Will," his first book of poetry, was published next year. Frost wrote some of his best work while in England, surrounded by his peers. In Franconia, New Hampshire, he bought a farm, where he launched a career of writing, teaching, and lecturing. At the mountain campus at Ripton, Virginia, for forty-two years, from 1921 to 1963, he spent almost every summer and fall teaching at the Bread Loaf School of English of Middlebury College. To which he himself contributed, one of the original collections of Frost's materials, is found in the Special Collections department of the Johns Library in Amherst, Massachusetts.

"The Road Not Taken"
by: Robert Frost

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."