robert frost (1874 – 1963)


Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874, in San Francisco,, but soon after his father’s death the family moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts. He became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years then attended Harvard University in Boston, but never got a degree.
He experienced a series of work and meanwhile published his first poem, “My Butterfly,” in 1894, in the New York newspaper The Independent.
In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White, who was his  major inspiration until her death in 1938. The couple moved to England in 1912, where Frost was influenced by the contemporary British poets Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, and Robert Graves and befriended the poet Ezra Pound, who helped to promote and publish his work. Back in the United States in 1915, he published two full-length collections, A Boy’s Will and North of Boston becoming successful and  was honored with four Pulitzer Prizes.  Other collections followed : including New Hampshire (, 1923), A Further Range (1936), Steeple Bush (1947), and In the Clearing (1962)  His  work is principally associated with the life and landscape of New England; his verse is traditional and his metrics remained detached from the poetic movements and fashions of his time. His meditation are addressed to the  universal themes, and his modernity is linked to the adherence to spoken language, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in ambiguity and irony. In a 1970 review of The Poetry of Robert Frost, the poet Daniel Hoffman describes Frost calling him The American Bard: “He became a national celebrity, our nearly official Poet Laureate, and a great performer in the tradition of that earlier master of the literary vernacular, Mark Twain.”
And President John F. Kennedy, to whom Frosy dedicated a poem said “He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding.”
Robert Frost lived and taught for many years in Massachusetts and Vermont, and died in Boston on January 29, 1963.

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