“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on” (Frost). These are the words of Robert Frost who was born on March 26, 1874. He was raised by his mother alone since his father died from tuberculosis when Frost was just at the age of eleven. He wrote extravagant poetry as he went through many road blocks during his journey in England. His poetry is read by millions of people all across the world inspired by his in-depth meaning of life through nature. His role in the arts of literature remains well-known not only in American writing, but in different countries as well, as it is analyzed for the difference in structure. Robert Frost is a well-known poet who made a tremendous impression in American literature by overcoming his many hardships, writing various famous works of poetry, and inspiring many modern-day poets.
"Don't ever take a fence down, until you know why it was put up"- a quote from Robert Lee Frost, a well-known American and English poet. Following the death of his father he faced many challenges, including failing to finish college and many unsuccessful jobs. Shadowing his father and mother, he began a career in poetry. With his literary career failing, he and his family moved to England and then back to America a few years later. His success in America began in 1915 when his collection of poems became a sensation. Writing over one-hundred poems and winning countless awards, Frost became a sensation, even speaking in inaugural speeches. He died at the age of eighty-eight. Frost’s most recurring theme was elusiveness. He wrote about the struggles of nature and overall life, using very vivid imagery, making the reader dig deeper into his poems to find the true meaning of each. One of “Frost’s most famous poems, “The Road Not Taken,” has been criticized many times, even one woman calling it "the best example in all of American poetry of a wolf in sheep's clothing.” Overall, Robert Frost was one of the most well-known poets in American history, and his main theme, elusiveness, caused for many varied interpretations and critiques, most of them extraordinary.
“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.” This poem by Robert Frost is an excellent example of how even though people tend to think that Frost’s poems are just fun easy to read poems, a lot of them actually have dark themes to them. The poem “Fire and Ice” quoted above is a poem all about death and his prefered way to die/ destroy the world. So, although the average reader will quote Robert Frost as being a poet of positivity, yet many of his poems actually point out the dark side of human existence.
Pritchard, William H. Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered. Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1985. 43.
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words,” Robert Frost once said. As is made fairly obvious by this quote, Frost was an adroit thinker. It seems like he spent much of his life thinking about the little things. He often pondered the meaning and symbolism of things he found in nature. Many readers find Robert Frost’s poems to be straightforward, yet his work contains deeper layers of complexity beneath the surface. His poems are not what they seem to be at first glance. These deeper layers of complexity can be clearly seen in his poems “The Road Not Taken”, “Fire and Ice”, and “Birches”.
On March 26, 1874, Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, California. He was not a poet when he graduated, instead he helped his mother teach in a school and deliver newspaper. Later, he moved to England where he published his poetry volume. In 1915, Robert returned back to America where he started his successful path in poetry. According to Robert Frost ibn Wikipedia.com, “he is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech”. In his lifetime, Robert was honored for his work by receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry, having schools and library are named after him and being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his poetry in 1960. In June 1922, Frost wrote the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” in Shaftsbury, Vermont. He went put to view the sunshine after completing
Robert Frost Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the finest of rural New England's 20th century pastoral poets. Frost published his first books in Great Britain in the 1910s, but he soon became in his own country the most read and constantly anthologized poet. Frost was awarded the Pulitzer Prize four times. Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874. His father, a journalist and local politician, died when Frost was eleven years old.
Lentricchia, Frank. Robert Frost: Modern Poetics and the Landscape of Self. Durham: Duke University Press. 1975. 103-107.
Robert Frost once said, “Always fall in with what you’re ask to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against: with”(Quotes). Frost’s life and time period exemplified his quote as he experienced the technological changes of the twentieth century. Through these experiences, he entertained and taught his readers through his competitive poetry like his poem “The Road Not Taken”.