Robert Frost


Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco. Robert lived in California until he was eleven years old.  He moved with his sister and mother to eastern Massachusetts, near his grandparents after his father died. His father was a former teacher, newspaper man, a hard drinker, a gambler, a harsh disciplinarian; he had a passion for politics, for as long as his health would allow him.

Robert Frost published his first poem in Laurence Massachusetts. For just less than a semester he attended Dartmouth College in 1892. He sold his first poem called "My Butterfly" in 1894 to The Independent for 15 dollars. In New Hampshire he launched a career of teaching, writing and lecturing from 1916 to 1938.

Sample Poem:

When I go up through the mowing field, The headless aftermath, Smooth-laid like thatch with the heavy dew, Half closes the garden path.

And when I come to the garden ground, The whir of sober birds Up from the tangle of withered weeds Is sadder than any words

A tree beside the wall stands bare, But a leaf that lingered brown, Disturbed, I doubt not, by my thought, Comes softly rattling down.

I end not far from my going forth By picking the faded blue Of the last remaining aster flower To carry again to you.