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Biography of Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)

Robert Lee Frost, b. San Francisco, Mar. 26, 1874, d. Boston, Jan. 29, 1963, was one of America's leading 20th-century poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. An essentially pastoral poet often associated with rural New England, Frost wrote poems whose philosophical dimensions transcend any region. Although his verse forms are traditional - he often said, in a dig at arch rival Carl Sandburg, that he would as soon play tennis without a net as write free verse - he was a pioneer in the interplay of rhythm and meter and in the poetic use of the vocabulary and inflections of everyday speech. His poetry is thus both traditional and experimental, regional and universal.

After his father's death in 1885, when young Frost was 11, the family left California and settled in Massachusetts. Frost attended high school in that state, entered Dartmouth College, but remained less than one semester. Returning to Massachusetts, he taught school and worked in a mill and as a newspaper reporter. In 1894 he sold "My Butterfly: An Elegy" to The Independent, a New York literary journal. A year later he married Elinor White, with whom he had shared valedictorian honors at Lawrence (Mass.) High School. From 1897 to 1899 he attended Harvard College as a special student but left without a degree. Over the next ten years he wrote (but rarely published) poems, operated a farm in Derry, New Hampshire (purchased for him by his paternal grandfather), and supplemented his income by teaching at Derry's Pinkerton Academy.

In 1912, at the age of 38, he sold the farm and used the proceeds to take his family to England, where he could devote himself entirely to writing. His efforts to establish himself and his work were almost immediately successful. A Boy's Will was accepted by a London publisher and brought out in 1913, followed a year later by North of Boston. Favorable reviews on both sides of the Atlantic resulted in American publication of the books by Henry Holt and Company, Frost's primary American publisher, and in the establishing of Frost's transatlantic reputation.

As part of his determined efforts on his own behalf, Frost had called on several prominent literary figures soon after his arrival in England. One of these was Ezra Pound, who wrote the first American review of Frost's verse for Harriet Munroe's Poetry magazine. (Though he disliked Pound, Frost was later instrumental in obtaining Pound's release from long confinement in a Washington, D.C., mental hospital.) Frost was more favorably impressed and more lastingly influenced by the so-called Georgian poets Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, and T. E. Hulme, whose rural subjects and style were more in keeping with his own. While living near the Georgians in Gloucestershire, Frost became especially close to a brooding Welshman named Edward Thomas, whom he urged to turn from prose to poetry. Thomas did so, dedicating his first and only volume of verse to Frost before his death in World War I.

The Frosts sailed for the United States in February 1915 and landed in New York City two days after the U.S. publication of North of Boston (the first of his books to be published in America). Sales of that book and of A Boy's Will enabled Frost to buy a farm in Franconia, N.H.; to place new poems in literary periodicals and publish a third book, Mountain Interval (1916); and to embark on a long career of writing, teaching, and lecturing. In 1924 he received a Pulitzer Prize in poetry for New Hampshire (1923). He was lauded again for Collected Poems (1930), A Further Range (1936) and A Witness Tree (1942). Over the years he received an unprecedented number and range of literary, academic, and public honors.

Frost's importance as a poet derives from the power and memorability of particular poems. The Death of the Hired Man (from North of Boston) combines lyric and dramatic poetry in blank verse. After Apple-Picking (from the same volume) is a free-verse dream poem with philosophical undertones. Mending Wall (also published in North of Boston) demonstrates Frost's simultaneous command of lyrical verse, dramatic conversation, and ironic commentary. The Road Not Taken, Birches (from Mountain Interval) and the oft-studied Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (from New Hampshire) exemplify Frost's ability to join the pastoral and philosophical modes in lyrics of unforgettable beauty.

The poetic and political conservatism of Frost caused him to lose favor with some literary critics, but his reputation as a major poet is secure. He unquestionably succeeded in realizing his life's ambition: to write "a few poems it will be hard to get rid of."


Biography by: Biography written by The Academic American Encyclopedia, © 1995 Grolier Electronic Publishing. Compiled and hyperlinked by Gunnar Bengtsson, 2000.


180 Poems written by Robert Frost

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79167 My Butterfly Comments and analysis of My Butterfly by Robert Frost 22 Comments
77449 Into My Own Comments and analysis of Into My Own by Robert Frost 77 Comments
55439 Asking For Roses Comments and analysis of Asking For Roses by Robert Frost 1070 Comments
54605 The Death of the Hired Man Comments and analysis of The Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost 581 Comments
51077 Storm Fear Comments and analysis of Storm Fear by Robert Frost 110 Comments
49898 The Span Of Life Comments and analysis of The Span Of Life by Robert Frost 41 Comments
44523 The Demiurge's Laugh Comments and analysis of The Demiurge's Laugh by Robert Frost 50 Comments
39279 An Old Man's Winter Night Comments and analysis of An Old Man's Winter Night by Robert Frost 40 Comments
35423 Gathering Leaves Comments and analysis of Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost 103 Comments
34025 Christmas Trees Comments and analysis of Christmas Trees by Robert Frost 667 Comments
33784 The Lockless Door Comments and analysis of The Lockless Door by Robert Frost 893 Comments
33465 The Telephone Comments and analysis of The Telephone by Robert Frost 297 Comments
33347 Going for Water Comments and analysis of Going for Water by Robert Frost 41 Comments
31288 Once By The Pacific Comments and analysis of Once By The Pacific by Robert Frost 329 Comments
31236 Revelation Comments and analysis of Revelation by Robert Frost 292 Comments
31119 Tree At My Window Comments and analysis of Tree At My Window by Robert Frost 330 Comments
29008 Spring Pools Comments and analysis of Spring Pools by Robert Frost 334 Comments
28798 Blueberries Comments and analysis of Blueberries by Robert Frost 4 Comments
28625 Provide, Provide Comments and analysis of Provide, Provide by Robert Frost 108 Comments
27149 Two Look at Two Comments and analysis of Two Look at Two by Robert Frost 348 Comments
26644 Fireflies in the Garden Comments and analysis of Fireflies in the Garden by Robert Frost 50 Comments
25879 A Dream Pang Comments and analysis of A Dream Pang by Robert Frost 285 Comments
23649 In a Disused Graveyard Comments and analysis of In a Disused Graveyard by Robert Frost 60 Comments
23434 Leaves Compared With Flowers Comments and analysis of Leaves Compared With Flowers by Robert Frost 44 Comments
23351 The Tuft of Flowers Comments and analysis of The Tuft of Flowers by Robert Frost 286 Comments
22958 Flower-Gathering Comments and analysis of Flower-Gathering by Robert Frost 114 Comments
21898 Meeting and Passing Comments and analysis of Meeting and Passing by Robert Frost 307 Comments
21032 Good Hours Comments and analysis of Good Hours by Robert Frost 20 Comments
20937 Blue-Butterfly Day Comments and analysis of Blue-Butterfly Day by Robert Frost 518 Comments
20811 The Wood-Pile Comments and analysis of The Wood-Pile by Robert Frost 118 Comments
20426 The Bonfire Comments and analysis of The Bonfire by Robert Frost 79 Comments
19473 The Flood Comments and analysis of The Flood by Robert Frost 13 Comments
19388 Now Close the Windows Comments and analysis of Now Close the Windows by Robert Frost 295 Comments
19196 Wild Grapes Comments and analysis of Wild Grapes by Robert Frost 289 Comments
18999 Bond and Free Comments and analysis of Bond and Free by Robert Frost 75 Comments
18950 The Vantage Point Comments and analysis of The Vantage Point by Robert Frost 283 Comments
18774 To the Thawing Wind Comments and analysis of To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost 106 Comments
18589 The Birthplace Comments and analysis of The Birthplace by Robert Frost 6 Comments
18158 The Bear Comments and analysis of The Bear by Robert Frost 463 Comments
18032 Putting in the Seed Comments and analysis of Putting in the Seed by Robert Frost 353 Comments
17900 Immigrants Comments and analysis of Immigrants by Robert Frost 40 Comments
17839 Pan with Us Comments and analysis of Pan with Us by Robert Frost 27 Comments
17723 The Aim was Song Comments and analysis of The Aim was Song by Robert Frost 14 Comments
17722 An Encounter Comments and analysis of An Encounter by Robert Frost 284 Comments
16922 Dust in the Eyes Comments and analysis of Dust in the Eyes by Robert Frost 4 Comments
16804 The Egg and the Machine Comments and analysis of The Egg and the Machine by Robert Frost 102 Comments
16392 The Hill Wife Comments and analysis of The Hill Wife by Robert Frost 38 Comments
16128 Atmosphere Comments and analysis of Atmosphere by Robert Frost 3 Comments
16030 In a Vale Comments and analysis of In a Vale by Robert Frost 25 Comments
15917 Canis Major Comments and analysis of Canis Major by Robert Frost 9 Comments
15794 A Star in a Stoneboat Comments and analysis of A Star in a Stoneboat by Robert Frost 103 Comments
15413 A Line-Storm Song Comments and analysis of A Line-Storm Song by Robert Frost 26 Comments
14774 Locked Out Comments and analysis of Locked Out by Robert Frost 46 Comments
14640 On Going Unnoticed Comments and analysis of On Going Unnoticed by Robert Frost 1 Comment
14241 The Line-Gang Comments and analysis of The Line-Gang by Robert Frost 46 Comments
14113 A Brook in the City Comments and analysis of A Brook in the City by Robert Frost 9 Comments
14109 A Cliff Dwelling Comments and analysis of A Cliff Dwelling by Robert Frost 311 Comments
13679 The Last Mowing Comments and analysis of The Last Mowing by Robert Frost 14 Comments
13076 They Were Welcome To Their Belief Comments and analysis of They Were Welcome To Their Belief by Robert Frost 10 Comments
13044 Range-Finding Comments and analysis of Range-Finding by Robert Frost 84 Comments
12723 The Ax-Helve Comments and analysis of The Ax-Helve by Robert Frost 122 Comments
12258 I Will Sing You One-O Comments and analysis of I Will Sing You One-O by Robert Frost 99 Comments
12021 The Cocoon Comments and analysis of The Cocoon by Robert Frost 5 Comments
11201 Sitting by a Bush in Broad Sunlight Comments and analysis of Sitting by a Bush in Broad Sunlight by Robert Frost 296 Comments
11018 The Generations of Men Comments and analysis of The Generations of Men by Robert Frost 66 Comments
10700 The Housekeeper Comments and analysis of The Housekeeper by Robert Frost 264 Comments
10630 The Gum-Gatherer Comments and analysis of The Gum-Gatherer by Robert Frost 25 Comments
10338 Brown’s Descent Comments and analysis of Brown’s Descent by Robert Frost 3 Comments
9895 The Grindstone Comments and analysis of The Grindstone by Robert Frost 277 Comments
9214 The Thatch Comments and analysis of The Thatch by Robert Frost 97 Comments
9178 Evening in a Sugar Orchard Comments and analysis of Evening in a Sugar Orchard by Robert Frost 14 Comments
8635 The Census-Taker Comments and analysis of The Census-Taker by Robert Frost 22 Comments
8279 The Valley's Singing Day Comments and analysis of The Valley's Singing Day by Robert Frost 34 Comments
8094 Place for a Third Comments and analysis of Place for a Third by Robert Frost 1 Comment
8023 Design Comments and analysis of Design by Robert Frost 610 Comments
7236 In the Home Stretch Comments and analysis of In the Home Stretch by Robert Frost 284 Comments
6163 New Hampshire Comments and analysis of New Hampshire by Robert Frost 51 Comments
6020 The Silken Tent Comments and analysis of The Silken Tent by Robert Frost 346 Comments
5604 In Hardwood Groves Comments and analysis of In Hardwood Groves by Robert Frost 22 Comments
5313 The Runaway Comments and analysis of The Runaway by Robert Frost 349 Comments
5235 Lodged Comments and analysis of Lodged by Robert Frost 318 Comments
5177 What Fifty Said Comments and analysis of What Fifty Said by Robert Frost 75 Comments
5172 A Passing Glimpse Comments and analysis of A Passing Glimpse by Robert Frost 63 Comments
5109 Riders Comments and analysis of Riders by Robert Frost 70 Comments
4916 Looking For a Sunset Bird in Winter Comments and analysis of Looking For a Sunset Bird in Winter by Robert Frost 34 Comments
4717 The Soldier Comments and analysis of The Soldier by Robert Frost 507 Comments
4639 Acceptance Comments and analysis of Acceptance by Robert Frost 22 Comments
4628 Never Again Would Bird's Song Be The Same Comments and analysis of Never Again Would Bird's Song Be The Same by Robert Frost 593 Comments
4603 A Winter Eden Comments and analysis of A Winter Eden by Robert Frost 307 Comments
4505 Neither Out Far Nor In Deep Comments and analysis of Neither Out Far Nor In Deep by Robert Frost 273 Comments
4498 An Empty Threat Comments and analysis of An Empty Threat by Robert Frost 222 Comments
4482 A Late Walk Comments and analysis of A Late Walk by Robert Frost 309 Comments
4339 The Last Word of a Blue Bird Comments and analysis of The Last Word of a Blue Bird by Robert Frost 338 Comments
4314 A Question Comments and analysis of A Question by Robert Frost 302 Comments
4311 One Step Backward Taken Comments and analysis of One Step Backward Taken by Robert Frost 242 Comments
4017 Home Burial Comments and analysis of Home Burial by Robert Frost 491 Comments
4016 Love and a Question Comments and analysis of Love and a Question by Robert Frost 179 Comments
3815 Wind and Window Flower Comments and analysis of Wind and Window Flower by Robert Frost 74 Comments
3809 On a Tree Fallen Across the Road Comments and analysis of On a Tree Fallen Across the Road by Robert Frost 132 Comments
3753 'Out, Out--' Comments and analysis of 'Out, Out--' by Robert Frost 649 Comments
3749 Waiting Comments and analysis of Waiting by Robert Frost 13 Comments
3678 But Outer Space Comments and analysis of But Outer Space by Robert Frost 291 Comments
3508 A Peck of Gold Comments and analysis of A Peck of Gold by Robert Frost 113 Comments
3505 The Road Not Taken Comments and analysis of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost 1172 Comments
3277 On Looking Up By Chance At The Constellations Comments and analysis of On Looking Up By Chance At The Constellations by Robert Frost 45 Comments
3245 The Sound of the Trees Comments and analysis of The Sound of the Trees by Robert Frost 295 Comments
3096 A Servant to Servants Comments and analysis of A Servant to Servants by Robert Frost 51 Comments
2975 Reluctance Comments and analysis of Reluctance by Robert Frost 14 Comments
2913 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Comments and analysis of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost 1114 Comments
2913 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
2802 After Apple-Picking Comments and analysis of After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost 398 Comments
2750 Stars Comments and analysis of Stars by Robert Frost 71 Comments
2632 The Code Comments and analysis of The Code by Robert Frost 293 Comments
2577 Come In Comments and analysis of Come In by Robert Frost 256 Comments
2521 The Black Cottage Comments and analysis of The Black Cottage by Robert Frost 249 Comments
2407 The Door in the Dark Comments and analysis of The Door in the Dark by Robert Frost 296 Comments
2402 Mowing Comments and analysis of Mowing by Robert Frost 70 Comments
2395 Rose Pogonias Comments and analysis of Rose Pogonias by Robert Frost 13 Comments
2385 Desert Places Comments and analysis of Desert Places by Robert Frost 215 Comments
2376 To Earthward Comments and analysis of To Earthward by Robert Frost 70 Comments
2365 The Pasture Comments and analysis of The Pasture by Robert Frost 156 Comments
2332 A Boundless Moment
2330 Misgiving Comments and analysis of Misgiving by Robert Frost 27 Comments
2328 My November Guest Comments and analysis of My November Guest by Robert Frost 141 Comments
2322 Dust of Snow Comments and analysis of Dust of Snow by Robert Frost 716 Comments
2283 Hannibal Comments and analysis of Hannibal by Robert Frost 21 Comments
2229 Hyla Brook Comments and analysis of Hyla Brook by Robert Frost 22 Comments
2228 Bereft Comments and analysis of Bereft by Robert Frost 42 Comments
2196 The Times Table Comments and analysis of The Times Table by Robert Frost 86 Comments
2150 The Cow In Apple-Time Comments and analysis of The Cow In Apple-Time by Robert Frost 298 Comments
2129 The Freedom of the Moon Comments and analysis of The Freedom of the Moon by Robert Frost 79 Comments
2096 A Hillside Thaw Comments and analysis of A Hillside Thaw by Robert Frost 495 Comments
2090 A Fountain, a Bottle, a Donkey's Ears, and Some Books Comments and analysis of A Fountain, a Bottle, a Donkey's Ears, and Some Books by Robert Frost 258 Comments
2087 I. The Witch of Coös Comments and analysis of I.  The Witch of Coös by Robert Frost 60 Comments
2051 In Neglect Comments and analysis of In Neglect by Robert Frost 73 Comments
2000 The Onset Comments and analysis of The Onset by Robert Frost 17 Comments
1959 Plowmen Comments and analysis of Plowmen by Robert Frost 4 Comments
1956 The Self-Seeker Comments and analysis of The Self-Seeker by Robert Frost 95 Comments
1885 Not To Keep Comments and analysis of Not To Keep by Robert Frost 2 Comments
1828 To E.T. Comments and analysis of To E.T. by Robert Frost 15 Comments
1747 Nothing Gold Can Stay Comments and analysis of Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost 758 Comments
1582 Fire and Ice Comments and analysis of Fire and Ice by Robert Frost 515 Comments
1559 Two Tramps In Mud Time Comments and analysis of Two Tramps In Mud Time by Robert Frost 75 Comments
1535 Acquainted With the Night Comments and analysis of Acquainted With the Night by Robert Frost 438 Comments
1505 The Mountain Comments and analysis of The Mountain by Robert Frost 21 Comments
1479 II. The Pauper Witch of Grafton Comments and analysis of II.  The Pauper Witch of Grafton by Robert Frost 86 Comments
1425 The Armful Comments and analysis of The Armful by Robert Frost 30 Comments
1349 October Comments and analysis of October by Robert Frost 112 Comments
1341 Our Singing Strength Comments and analysis of Our Singing Strength by Robert Frost 31 Comments
1333 Birches Comments and analysis of Birches by Robert Frost 160 Comments
1310 A Girl's Garden Comments and analysis of A Girl's Garden by Robert Frost 66 Comments
1305 The Investment Comments and analysis of The Investment by Robert Frost 276 Comments
1237 The Need of Being Versed in Country Things Comments and analysis of The Need of Being Versed in Country Things by Robert Frost 44 Comments
1065 The Rose Family Comments and analysis of The Rose Family by Robert Frost 143 Comments
1052 A Soldier Comments and analysis of A Soldier by Robert Frost 273 Comments
928 Devotion Comments and analysis of Devotion by Robert Frost 28 Comments
916 Fragmentary Blue Comments and analysis of Fragmentary Blue by Robert Frost 272 Comments
895 Snow Comments and analysis of Snow by Robert Frost 3 Comments
892 Good-by and Keep Cold Comments and analysis of Good-by and Keep Cold by Robert Frost 46 Comments
853 The Flower Boat Comments and analysis of The Flower Boat by Robert Frost 24 Comments
848 The Exposed Nest Comments and analysis of The Exposed Nest by Robert Frost 480 Comments
841 A Hundred Collars Comments and analysis of A Hundred Collars by Robert Frost 30 Comments
839 The Peaceful Shepherd Comments and analysis of The Peaceful Shepherd by Robert Frost 21 Comments
823 A Time to Talk Comments and analysis of A Time to Talk by Robert Frost 95 Comments
805 The Fear Comments and analysis of The Fear by Robert Frost 85 Comments
739 A Prayer in Spring Comments and analysis of A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost 149 Comments
658 The Star-Splitter Comments and analysis of The Star-Splitter by Robert Frost 25 Comments
602 For Once, Then, Something Comments and analysis of For Once, Then, Something by Robert Frost 310 Comments
595 The Trial by Existence Comments and analysis of The Trial by Existence by Robert Frost 40 Comments
518 A Patch of Old Snow Comments and analysis of A Patch of Old Snow by Robert Frost 20 Comments
501 The Vanishing Red Comments and analysis of The Vanishing Red by Robert Frost 88 Comments
501 The Kitchen Chimney Comments and analysis of The Kitchen Chimney by Robert Frost 20 Comments
456 Maple Comments and analysis of Maple by Robert Frost 11 Comments
330 The Oven Bird Comments and analysis of The Oven Bird by Robert Frost 79 Comments
316 Paul's Wife Comments and analysis of Paul's Wife by Robert Frost 5 Comments
102 A Minor Bird Comments and analysis of A Minor Bird by Robert Frost 369 Comments
50 Mending Wall Comments and analysis of Mending Wall by Robert Frost 291 Comments
45 Sand Dunes Comments and analysis of Sand Dunes by Robert Frost 14 Comments
29 "In White": Frost's Early Version Of Design Comments and analysis of 71 Comments
24 Ghost House Comments and analysis of Ghost House by Robert Frost 191 Comments
17 Pea Brush Comments and analysis of Pea Brush by Robert Frost 89 Comments


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