Essay On Robert Frost

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The First All American Poet: Robert Frost

Robert Frost was born on March 26th, 1874 in San Francisco, California. He was born to Isabelle Moodie Frost and William Prescott Frost. William Frost, a Harvard graduate, worked for the San Francisco Daily Evening Post, and Frost’s mother was a school teacher. After spending twelve years in San Francisco, Frost moved to the town of Lawrence, Massachusetts after his father died of tuberculosis. While attending Lawrence High School, Frost published several poems in the school magazine and was named class poet. He also played right end on the high school’s football team. In the fall of 1891, Frost was on top of the world; high school senior;editor of the school newspaper; and competing for the class valedictorian. Frost graduated top of his class in 1892, sharing valedictorian honors with his soon to be wife, Elinor White.

Although he passed Harvard’s entrance exams, Frost didn't have the money needed to attend the school. Instead he attended Dartmouth College, but left after less than a semester, and went on to pursue a variety of jobs ranging from teaching to working in a textile mill. In 1894, he had his first poem, “My Butterfly: an Elegy,” published in a weekly literary journal based in New York City called The Independent. During this time Frost tried to persuade Elinor to leave St. Lawrence University and marry him, but she was determined to complete her degree so she declined the proposal. Once Elinor graduated Frost proposed again and the two were married in December of 1895, and had their first child, Elliot, in 1896.

After his marriage, at the age of twenty-one, Frost spent two years helping his mother run a sma...

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...he last stanza the poem says “The woods are lovely, dark and deep”, this tells us that the speaker likes the woods and doesn't’ want to leave because of its beauty. Another literary device used by Frost is repetition. repetition is used on the last two verses of the poem. Both lines read: “And miles to go before I sleep, / And miles to go before i sleep”. This repetition is emphasizing a point and ,makes it clear that the speaker has a long way home and must leave.

Literary Criticism

One of the most striking themes of Frost is man’s isolation in the world or man’s sense of isolation from his environment. Frost’s poetry has a “anti-social” feeling that is different from other poets at the time.According to Erin Brescia, Frost’s strong hatred towards city life, and his personal life are the reason behind the isolation and loneliness in his poems.
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