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					Robert Frost
BIOGRAPHICAL
INFORMATION
     • Robert Frost (1874 -
       1963)
     • Category: American
       Literature

      Born: March 26, 1874
      San Francisco, California,
      United States

      Died: January 29, 1963
      Boston, Massachusetts,
      United States
              Biography(1)
• Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. He
  moved to New England at the age of eleven and
  became interested in reading and writing poetry
  during his high school years in Lawrence,
  Massachusetts. He was enrolled at Dartmouth
  College in 1892, and later at Harvard, but never
  earned a formal degree. Frost drifted through a
  string of occupations after leaving school, working
  as a teacher, cobbler, and editor of the Lawrence
  Sentinel. His first professional poem, "My
  Butterfly," was published on November 8, 1894, in
  the New York newspaper The Independent.
              Biography(2)
• In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White, who
  became a major inspiration in his poetry until her
  death in 1938. The couple moved to England in 1912,
  after their New Hampshire farm failed, and it was
  abroad that Frost met and was influenced by such
  contemporary British poets as Edward Thomas,
  Rupert Brooke, and Robert Graves. While in England,
  Frost also established a friendship with the poet
  Ezra Pound, who helped to promote and publish his
  work. By the time Frost returned to the United
  States in 1915, he had published two full-length
  collections, A Boy's Will and North of Boston, and his
  reputation was established. By the nineteen-
  twenties, he was the most celebrated poet in
  America, and with each new book—including New
  Hampshire (1923), A Further Range (1936), Steeple
  Bush (1947), and In the Clearing (1962)—his fame
  and honors (including four Pulitzer Prizes) increased.
              Biography(3)
• Though his work is principally associated with the
  life and landscape of New England, and though he
  was a poet of traditional verse forms and metrics
  who remained steadfastly aloof from the poetic
  movements and fashions of his time, Frost is
  anything but a merely regional or minor poet. The
  author of searching and often dark meditations on
  universal themes, he is a quintessentially modern
  poet in his adherence to language as it is actually
  spoken, in the psychological complexity of his
  portraits, and in the degree to which his work is
  infused with layers of ambiguity and irony. Robert
  Frost lived and taught for many years in
  Massachusetts and Vermont, and died on January
  29, 1963, in Boston.
        LIFE STORIES(1)

• 8/1/1915
• Robert Frost's "Road Not Taken“

 On this day in 1915 Robert Frost's "The
 Road Not Taken" was first published in the
 Atlantic Monthly. This was just as Frost
 had returned to America from England, to
 farm and become famous: "There is room
 for only one person at the top of the
 steeple," he would say, "and I always
 meant that person to be me." Later
 misfortunes would make him punished and
 sorry for his choice.
        LIFE STORIES(2)

• 11/6/1894
• Robert Frost in the Dismal Swamp

 On this day in 1894 twenty-year-old Robert
 Frost departed for the Dismal Swamp on
 the Virginia-North Carolina border. He was
 poor, jobless, unpublished, expelled from
 Dartmouth College and recently spurned by
 his high school sweetheart. Adding it all up,
 Frost packed a small bag, took a train to
 New York, a steamer to Virginia, and
 began walking into a soggy heart of
 darkness.
        LIFE STORIES(3)

• 11/15/1923
• Robert Frost, Farmer-Poet

 Robert Frost returned to America in 1915
 with two hopes. One was that, given
 ambition of "astonishing magnitude," he
 might build at home upon the reputation he
 had earned abroad for his first two books of
 poetry. The other hope was to find "a farm
 in New England where I could live cheap
 and get Yankier and Yankier." Both hopes
 were realized, though Frost would later
 regret that the farmer lost out to the poet.
     Robert Frost Stone House
             Museum
• A new museum, only minutes away from
  Frost's gravesite in Bennington, was
  opened in 2002 to honor America's
  favorite poet. Frost lived in the Stone
  House in South Shaftsbury, Vermont from
  1920 to 1929. Here, Frost composed many
  of the pieces that became part of his first
  Pulitzer Prize winning volume New
  Hampshire, published in 1923, including
  "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy
  Evening."
• Built C. 1769, the house was considered
  historic before the Frost period. It is a
  rare example of colonial architecture
  made of native stone and timber. It has
  changed little since Frost's time and
  remains in excellent condition. The house
  sits on 7 acres and features many
  Frostian associations including stone
  walls, birch trees, a timbered barn and
  some of Frost's original apple trees. Many
  poignant episodes in Frost's life happened
Major Poetry

•   A Boy's Will (1913)
    North of Boston (1914)
    Mountain Interval (1916)
    New Hampshire (1923)
    West-Running Brook (1928)
    The Lovely Shall Be Choosers (1929)
    The Lone Striker (1933)
    A Further Range (1936)
    From Snow to Snow (1936)
    A Witness Tree (1942)
    Come In, and Other Poems (1943)
    Masque of Reason (1945)
    Steeple Bush (1947)
    Hard Not to be King (1951)
                     A SOLDIER
• He is that fallen lance that lies as hurled,
  That lies unlifted now, come dew, come rust,
  But still lies pointed as it ploughed the dust.
  If we who sight along it round the world,
  See nothing worthy to have been its mark,
  It is because like men we look too near,
  Forgetting that as fitted to the sphere,
  Our missiles always make too short an arc.
  They fall, they rip the grass, they intersect
  The curve of earth, and striking, break their own;
  They make us cringe for metal-point on stone.
  But this we know, the obstacle that checked
  And tripped the body, shot the spirit on
  Further than target ever showed or shone.
  ACQUAINTED WITH THE
         NIGHT
• I have been one acquainted with the night.
  I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain.
  I have outwalked the furthest city light. I have
  looked down the saddest city lane.
  I have passed by the watchman on his beat
  And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.
• I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
  When far away an interrupted cry
  Came over houses from another street,
• But not to call me back or say good-bye;
  And further still at an unearthly height,
  O luminary clock against the sky
• Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
  I have been one acquainted with the night.
        Quotations by Author
•   A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who
    has the better lawyer.
•   A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in
    a quarrel.
•   Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
    without losing your temper or your self confidence.
•   Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
    without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
•   Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
•   I'm against a homogenized society, because I want the
    cream to rise.
•   Love is an irresistable desire to be irresistably desired.
•   The best way out is always through.
•   The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the
    moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until
    you get into the office.
•   The reason why worry kills more people than work is that
    more people worry than work.

				
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