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March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 Was an American poet One of the finest of rural New England's 20th century pastoral poets Popular and often-quoted Four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry
Early Life Was born in San Francisco Father died of tuberculosis Lawrence High School Darthmouth College A number of jobs November 8, 1894, the New York newspaper Independent published Frost's poem 'My Butterfly' In 1895 he married
1897 Harvard (studied Latin and Greek, philosophy) In 1900 he moved to Derry Children had lived an isolated life Conscientious father, dominated the family
First Books of Poetry At the age of 39 “A Boy’s Will” (1913) “North of Boston”(1914), which gained international reputation In 1916 member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. On the same year “Mountain Interval”
Poems Appreciation of natural world Sensibility about the human aspirations Woods, stars, houses, brooks-from everyday life
Personal Life Plagued with grief and loss Father died Mother died of cancer Younger sister died in mental hospital Four of his children died Wife died of heart failure in 1938
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.
Plays A Way Out: A One Act Play (Harbor Press, 1929). The Cow's in the Corn: A One Act Irish Play in Rhyme (Slide Mountain Press, 1929). A Masque of Reason (Holt, 1945). A Masque of Mercy (Holt, 1947).
Prose The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963; Cape, 1964). Robert Frost and John Bartlett: The Record of a Friendship, by Margaret Bartlett Anderson (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963). Selected Letters of Robert Frost (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1964). Interviews with Robert Frost (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966; Cape, 1967). Family Letters of Robert and Elinor Frost (State University of New York Press, 1972). Robert Frost and Sidney Cox: Forty Years of Friendship (University Press of New England, 1981). The Notebooks of Robert Frost, edited by Robert Faggen (Harvard University Press, January 2007).
"A Question" A voice said, Look me in the stars And tell me truly, men of earth, If all the soul-and-body scars Were not too much to pay for birth.