Robert Frost is known world wide for his talented writing of books and poems. This 20th century poet uses a traditional type of form and rhyme scheme to give his poetry a more interesting image of his views on certain subjects. his poems touch people on a deeper level dealing with every day experiences and matters. Robert Frost's poetry is as popular today as it was 100 years ago which makes him without a doubt a poet worth knowing.
Robert Lee Frost was born March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California.
He was a
talented writer but he became most inspired to write during his high school
days. He used his talent to later publish his first poem
My Butterfly he sold the poem to The Independent,
a New York Literary journal. he continued his writing and later published
books and many popular poems such as, Stopping by woods on a snowy evening,
The road not taken, After apple picking, mending wall and The death
of the hired man. Robert's poetry does not single out any particular
readers although some may like it more than others the topics can be inspiring
to a wide variety of people. On January 29 , 1963 at his home in
Boston ,Robert frost passed away.
The beginning of Roberts life was spent in San Francisco, California. After the death of his father when Robert was only eleven, the Frost family left their home and moved to Massachusetts where Robert attended high school. through out his high school days he received a number of awards for his writing skills including valedictorian which he shared the honors with his future wife Elinor White. After high school he enrolled in Dartmouth collage but dropped before he could finish first semester. He soon returned to Massachusetts Where he managed three jobs, Including a job as a reporter for a news paper which gave him a good opportunity to work on his writing ability. In 1895 he married Elinor and attended Harvard for two years but left without a degree. After he left Harvard him and Elinor had had two children and Robert Needed to support them so he helped his mother run a small private school where he became a teacher. He then began a chicken farm which after two attempts in different places was not a successful occupation for him. During the time they spent in Derry, New Hampshire Both of Roberts children died of pneumonia These tragedies led him to move to England and focus more on his poetry. In England he became very close with other writers such as Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves and Ezra Pound. Ezra helped him publish his work and Edward Thomas took advice from Robert t start writing poetry and he did so, Naming his first and only book in dedication to Robert Frost. Shortly after Edward was killed in the war and Robert moved back to the states, Another experience to help Robert create his poetry. He suddenly became very popular and received the Pulitzer Prize four times. In 1938 his wife died of a heart attack, And after that he spent the remaining years of his life teaching at different high schools and writing poetry and books.
Robert Frost has been dead for many years but although he is gone he has not been forgotten and neither has his poetry, In fact to this day his poetry is still popular and is ought in schools. Some examples of Roberts work are: My Butterfly, Canis Major, It Bids Pretty Fair, Out taught , Mending Wall, Now Close The Window, October, Putting In The Seed, The Pasture, Fire And Ice, Not To Keep, The Lockless Door, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening and The Road Not Taken. Robert also published books some of those books are: New Hampshire, A Further Range, Steeple Bush, and his last book In The Clearing. Robert received many rewards for his poetry, But is most famous for winning the Pulitzer Prize Four times.
In the poetry of Robert Frost there seems to be a lot of imagery. He seems to generate most of his ideas for writing from his surroundings. He compares facts and matters of life to the environment and makes it seem like everything and everyone is not so different from one another. An example of his comparisons is in the poem Fire And Ice, he compares these to elements to how our world might end. Robert says that there are two possible ways for the world to end in fire which is rage and anger or in ice which could be a metaphor for cold sad and loneliness. We know that not only fire and ice can destroy the world but his ability to compare these things to a situation gives us an idea of how he thinks.
In closing ,Robert Frost is a very talented inspiring writer and his poetry
is enjoyable to read. His use of rhyme scheme keeps the poetry up beat
and easy to read. It says he was not a fan of free verse poems and he kept
to the original way he wrote his poetry and did not change to make others
happy, He used his own views and own style of Symbolism and creativity
to make the poems that are famous to this day.
Road Not Taken
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;
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,
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.
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.
By. Robert Frost
I chose the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Out of all the poems I read by him this is the one I enjoyed the most, It compares the choices we make in life to a road way. The poem says that the choices we make in life effect the out come of our futures. If you just fallow everyone else and don't explore your options you'll of never know what you could of done. I liked this poem because of the comparison and the rhyme scheme, The rhyme scheme kept the poem interesting and gave it a natural flow and the topic that made a comparison to a road and the paths that we have to take. I found this poem to be inspiring to people to be different and try new things and maybe it might work out or the better.
(Picture Of plaque at Robert Frost Memorial.)
Above to the right is picture of Robert Frost and his son. Above to the left picture of Robert Frost in his late forty's. Below in the center is Robert Frost at Camp Cavindish.
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about Robert Frost See The Sites Below:
Where I Found This Information:
Poetry Exhibits: Robert Frost. 4 Apr. 2002. The Academy of American Poets. 15 Oct. 2002 <http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=196>
Robert Frost, "'The Presidential Poet". Nov. 1998.
Mrs. Sunda's Gifted Resource Class. 16 Oct. 2002
The Acedameic American Encyclopedia, 1995 Grolier
Electronic publishing <http://www.robertfrost.org/bio.html>