Robert Frost

1874-1963

Backround

Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, CA.  After his dad passed away in 1885, they moved across the country to Lawrence, Massachusetts. He started writing poems for his school newspaper in high school. He attended Dartmouth College and got accepted to the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. After college, Frost returned home and accepted a few jobs including helping his mom teach a class of unruly boys, delivering newspapers, and working in a factory maintaining carbon arc lights.

Career While Writing

In 1894 he sold his first poem, "My butterfly. An Elegy" for 15 dollars. He was proud of his work and went on to do more. By doing more he proposed to Elinor Miriam White, the word yes came out of her mouth. After Frost finished college was when they got married in December 19, 1895. He moved to England then returned to America after World War 1 started. He bought a farm in Massachusetts. That led him to a big job in writing, teaching, and lecturing. He called his approach to language "the sound of sense." He later became a really famous poet and won lots of medals for his poems.

A Minor Bird

I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong

In wanting to silence any song.

By: Robert Frost