Robert Lee Frost was an American poet born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. His father was a teacher, editor, and an unsuccessful tax collector. After his father's death he moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts where he attended and completed high school. Frost grew up in the city and his first poem was published in his high schools's magazine. He attended Dartmouth College and then later returned home to work various jobs. He did not enjoy these jobs and felt the calling for poetry.
In 1894 he sold his first poem an elegy called My Butterfly. He later worked on a farm where he wrote more poems that would eventually become famous. Frost was 86 when he wrote his well known poem "the gift outright" at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. He died two years later in Boston on January 29, 1963.
The Road Not Taken by Robert FrostTwo 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.