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Robert Frost - Bio and Poems

Updated on January 07, 2017

Early Life

He is known for poems such as "Nothing Gold Can Stay," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "The Sound of the Trees." He has received forty honorary degrees from various universities including Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, and he is one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874 to Isabelle and William Frost. Following his father's death in May of 1885, Frost and his mother moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts with help from his grandfather William Frost Sr. A few years later in 1892, Frost finished high school, and briefly attended Darthmouth College. Over the next few years Frost held a number of jobs, and continued to dream of being a full time poet. During November 1894, Frost sold his first poem; its name was "My Butterfly: An Elegy." He was so proud of himself he proposed to his sweetheart Elinor White. She rejected his proposal preferring to finish college before getting married. Frost was distraught; he  went on an excursion to the swamplands in Virgina. Later in 1895 following Elinor's graduation, they were married. Later in 1897 Frost attended Harvard for a few years; however, he didn't graduate. Although he did well at Harvard, he was forced to leave school to support his family. For the next few years, he worked as a farmer, shoemaker, and a teacher.

Frost's grandfather purchased a farm for him and his wife in Derry, New Hampshire. For the next few years, Frost tried to be a successful farmer, and write poems in his spare time. It didn't work out, Frost returned to teaching. Around this time, he tried to submit a few poems to Atlantic Monthly for publication; the poems were rejected. Ironically enough, many of the poems he wrote during these years would later make him famous.

In 1912 desiring a change of scenery, Frost sold his farm and moved his wife and kids to London, England, securing a home north of London.

England and the Return to the United States

The first book published in England was called "A Boy Will." This book was followed by "North Boston" in 1914; this book gained international exposure for Frost, and it contained some of his best works such as "Mending Wall," "Death of the Hired Man," and :"Home Burial." In addition during his time in England, Frost made some important acquaintances such as Edward Thomas, William Butler Yeats and Ezra Pound. These people would influence and help him to promote his works.

In 1915 on the eve of World War one, Frost returned to the United States, and purchased a farm near Franconia, New Hampshire.This location would serve as his summer home until 1938, and it was here he would write and teach. Around this time, the editor of Atlantic Monthly contacted him requesting some of his poems for publishing. What Frost submitted were the same poems that had been rejected a few years earlier.

Later Years

During his time in England, Frost had published two full length collections, and by the early 1920s his reputation in the United States was firmly established. As the years passed, and with books such as "A Further Range," "Steeple Bush," and "In the Clearing" his notoriety increased. Despite the death of his wife in 1938 and outliving four of his six children, his legend continued to grow. For the remainder of his life, Frost continued to teach and write; It didn't stop here. Frost was also recipient of many awards such as the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Edward MacDowell Medal both received in 1962. In addition he received Four Pulitzer's, and in 1958 was selected as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.

At the age of eighty-six in January 1961, he performed a reading of his poetry at president John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Two years later on January 29, 1963 Robert Frost passed away. Although he is gone, his spirit lives on in his poetry that brought joy to so many around the world.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I haven't heard about Frost for a long time.I think we studied him in College English.I see he died shortly after I graduated from college.I'm afraid that poetry has never been my best subject.

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      thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific reading work great hub thanks

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @dahoglund - Thanks for your feedback, and it is nice to hear from you again :)

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @thevoice - Glad you enjoyed this article, and thanks for taking the time to leave your comments.

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      lightning john 6 years ago from Florida

      My thumbs up! Thank you very much Coolmon.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @lightning john - I am Glad you enjoyed reading my article :)

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice tribute to one of America's best poets. I've always liked Frost's "Fire and Ice."

      Fire and Ice

      Some say the world will end in fire,

      Some say in ice.

      From what I've tasted of desire

      I hold with those who favor fire.

      But if it had to perish twice,

      I think I know enough of hate

      To say that for destruction ice

      Is also great

      And would suffice.

      Robert Frost

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Ralph Deeds - I like that poem too, and there are many others I enjoy reading and hearing read aloud. Nice to hear from you again and thank you for your comments :)

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      A great poet. I too like his Fire and Ice. Nice tribute.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Sandyspider - Thanks for your comments, and nice to hear from you again :)

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      DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub, I love his quote....

      "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @DustinsMom - I am glad you enjoyed my article, and thanks for leaving your feedback.

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      Andrea 6 years ago from Italy

      I had just heard his name so I've appreciated this very detailed and full of information hub. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Coolmon, I have always enjoyed the poetry of Robert Frost and I think this is a very good hub. Thanks for reminding me of this great poet. I have a book with all his poetry and i think I will get it out and do some readying.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Pamela99 - I am glad you enjoyed the article, and I hope you enjoy reading your book of Frost's poems :)

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @hypnodude - Thank you for your kind words, and it is nice to hear from you again :)

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      Andrea 6 years ago from Italy

      I have too many friends to stay away for a long time. Rated up and beautiful. :)

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @hypnodude - Nice to hear from you again, and as always thank you for your feedback :)

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      wonderful cool, thumbs up, I love this one, Road Not Taken -- Maita

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @prettydarkhorse - Thank you Maita, I am glad you liked my article, and it nice to hear from you again :)

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Coolmon - I really enjoyed this Hub and I have loved Frost's poetry for a long time. I first heard of him when I read about JFK's inauguration at which he had invited Frost to read. I don't know what Frost read but being a great admirer of JFK I started to look for Frost's poetry and found "Birches" which I loved immediately because of the line "I like to think some boy's been swinging them." That line meant a lot to me because as a boy I used to love swinging on the black wattle saplings that grew around my home at Blythswood. It was so wonderful to find that a poet could make poetry out of something that I loved doing - it was a revelation to me and I found that poetry didn't have to be the dry, boring stuff I was forced to study at school but could relate to life, could indeed makie sense of life!

      Thanks for bringing back such memories for me.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @tonymac04 - I am glad this article brought back plesant memories for you. As always thanks for your feedback :)

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm a huge Frost fan! I think my fave is "Mending Wall."

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @habee - I know what you mean, I like Frost's style of poetry too. As always, it is nice to hear from you :)

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      This is fantastic, I love Robert Frost, so glad you took the time to create the Robert Frost Bio. Thanks :)

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @katiem2 - I am glad you enjoyed my article; as always, thank you for leaving feedback :)

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      Challah1202 6 years ago from Chandler, TX

      I think everybody loves Frost. In reading and studying his life, I discovered more about why his poetry strikes a chord in me. Tragedy mekes us human and helps us identify with others. He has felt the pain and seen the woods. Good job.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Challah1202 - Thank you for your feedback and kind words :)

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Frost is amazing, cool, Maita

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @prettydarkhorse - So nice to here from you again, hope your life is going well :)

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Great hub, Coolmon. My husband and I both love Robert Frost. He is my husbands favorite, and right up there for me. I love learning more about these people. Thank you for sharing. Ocean

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @oceansunsets - I am glad you enjoyed reading this article. Thank you for taking time to leave feedback.

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      noorin 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the great hub ... I personally adore Robert Frost and seem to refer to him in a lot of my speeches, for example:

      https://hubpages.com/education/Memoirs-of-a-Techni...

      My favorites are the "The Road Not Taken", "A Time to Talk".

      Rated it up and will be following you ...

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @noorin - Glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks you for the comments and the follow. I will look at the link you provided.

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      Chip 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Even though, "Good fences make good neighbors.", my all time favorite is "Stopping By Woods". I would visit my sons' class when they were in elementary school and repeat the poem from memory. If nothing else, I wanted the kids to know that a businessman could and would learn poetry.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @FCEtier - I enjoy "stopping by the woods" a lot myself. When you took time in your busy business schedule to visit your kids at school I am sure that those were priceless moments to them that they will (hopefully) remember for the rest of their lives. Thank you for your feedback.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have loved Robert Frost's poems since I was a teenager. His poetry was very easy to understand and relatable. "Birches" and "The road not taken" were among my favorites. I still have a paperback book of his poetry in the house. Will have to dig it out and do some reading again. Enjoyed this hub. Rated up and useful. Thanks for writing it.

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Peggy W - Yes Frost is one of my favorites too. Thanks for your feedback :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i really admire frost. I I consider him, william carlos williams, Sylvia Plath, the beat poets of the 60's and Ezra Pound to be my main poetic influences. My favorite of Frost's, at least of late, is "Out, Out--". Good hub. Up and shared.

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      BakerRambles 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      That is an incredible bio, and one that touches very close to my heart. He was a very strong influence to many people, and I strive to become that everyday.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Coolmon ~ My all time favorite poet, as well. Everyone has mentioned the poems that we remember studying and reading while we were young. Blessings, Debby

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @PDXKaraokeGuy - Thanks for your kind words and your feedback on this article :)

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @BakerRambles - I know what you mean, Frost's poetry is special to me too :)

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Debby Bruck - Hi Debby nice to hear from you again, thanks for commenting on my article :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Coolmon ~ There are SO many wonderful authors and friends here on Hubpages, it becomes difficult to keep up with all and read everyone's work. Personal reminders are welcome. The sepia photo at top of page has nice contrast and lighting. Blessings, Debby

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Debby Bruck - I know what you mean, so much to read and so little time to get to it all. Once again thanks for stopping by :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      I really need to concentrate on some important work, instead of the forums and piddling around here having so much fun! I hope you're not feeling "blue" (HUGS)

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Debby Bruck - Between my blog site, hubpages and other endeavors, I'm staying busy don't have time to feel "blue;" Once again its nice to hear from you and I wish you much writing success in 2012 :)

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Coolmon2009, Frost is a poet whom I consider my favorite. "Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening" is an all time great. It's rhyme, simple language, great message make it as a great poem. Thanks for this article. Take care,

      MAKUSR

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I know what you mean its one of my favorites too; thanks for your feedback :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're welcome, coolmon!

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @PDXKaraokeGuy - :)

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