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Robert Frost:

Robert Frost Robert Lee Frost Early Years Adult Years Personal Life The Road not Taken

Robert Lee Frost:

Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 2 Robert Lee Frost A popular American and often-quoted poet, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early 20th century.

Early Years:

Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 3 Early Years born in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 1874 to journalist William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie. His father was a teacher and later an editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin. After his father's death on May 5, 1885, the family moved across the country to Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 4 Frost returned home to teach and to work at various jobs. (helping his mother teach her class of unruly boys, delivering newspapers, and working in a factory as a light bulb filament changer. ) Frost graduated in 1892 from Lawrence High School where his first poem was published. (high school magazine) He attended Dartmouth College for two months, long enough to be accepted into the Theta Delta Chi fraternity.

Adult Years:

Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 5 Adult Years In 1894 he sold his first poem, "My Butterfly: An Elegy" for $15. (November 8, 1894, edition of the New York Independent) Proud of his accomplishment, he proposed marriage to Elinor Miriam White. (St. Lawrence University ) Frost then went on an excursion to the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, and asked Elinor again upon his return. Attended liberal arts studies for two months at Harvard University.

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Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 6 Shortly before dying, Robert's grandfather purchased a farm for Robert and Elinor in Derry, New Hampshire. (9 years) he returned to the field of education as an English teacher at New Hampshire's Pinkerton Academy from 1906 to 1911. In 1912 Frost sailed with his family to Great Britain, living first in Glasgow before settling in Beaconsfield outside London. (A Boy's Will, 1913) Edward Thomas -a member of the group known as the Dymock Poets) T.E. Hulme - English critic and poet . Ezra Pound - American immigrant, poet and critic

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Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 7 As World War I began, Frost returned to America in 1915 and bought a farm in Franconia, New Hampshire, where he launched a career of writing, teaching, and lecturing. ( The Frost Place , a museum and poetry conference site. ) From 1921-1963 Frost spent almost every summer and fall teaching at the Bread Loaf School of English of Middlebury College, at its mountain campus at Ripton, Vermont. Although he never graduated from college, Frost received over 40 honorary degrees.

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Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 8 He was the only person to receive two honorary degrees from Dartmouth College. Frost was 86 when he spoke and performed a reading of his poetry at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961. He died in Boston on January 29, 1963, of complications from prostate surgery and was buried at the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont .

Personal Life:

Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 9 Personal Life In 1885 when Frost was 11, his father died of tuberculosis, leaving the family with just eight dollars. His mother died of cancer in 1900. In 1920, Frost had to commit his younger sister Jeanie to a mental hospital, where she died nine years later. Mental illness apparently ran in Frost's family, as both he and his mother suffered from depression, and his daughter Irma was committed to a mental hospital in 1947. Frost's wife, Elinor, also experienced bouts of depression.

The Road Not Taken:

The Road Not Taken Published in 1916 in the collection Mountain Interval. Frost claims that he wrote this poem about his friend Edward Thomas, Considered to be a very tricky poem.

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Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 11 Two 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; Then 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, And 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. I 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.

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Robert Frost / The Road not Taken 12 Two 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; Then 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, And 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. I 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. Describes the Situation Decides to take the less traveled road Continues Description of Roads Two Tricky Words “sigh” “difference”

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