The Road Not Taken, and Fire and Ice, by Robert Frost

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Classifying Robert Frost as a poet has been a conundrum for many critics, as his style of poetry is a cross between the nineteenth century and the twentieth century. This cross makes him an extremely unique poet, very comparable to T.S. Elliot and Wallace Stevens (Southworth 169). James M. Cox, in an attempt to decipher how Frost developed into the poet that he was, wrote “though his career fully spans the modern period and though it is impossible to speak of him as anything other than a modern poet, it is difficult to place him in the main tradition of modern poetry” (“Robert Frost”). Frost’s life and his experience at the turn of the century is what brought him to be such a famous poet.

In 1874 Frost was born to William Prescott Frost Jr., who was a journalist, and Isabelle Moodie in San Francisco California. He spent the first eleven years of his life in California, but when his father passed away in 1885 Frost moved across the country to Lawrence, Massachusetts to live with his Grandfather on his mill. Frost had an early affinity for poetry and published his first poem in his high school’s magazine. In Frost’s later poetry, he is well known for his connection to rural life, however he was born and bred a city boy. After failing to commit to Dartmouth College, Frost returned to Lawrence, Massachusetts and worked various jobs in the working class. For example, he delivered newspapers and worked in a factory until he realized his hatred for these mundane jobs. After his change of heart, Frost committed to his poetry (The Biography of Robert Frost).

Frost sold his first poem in 1894 to The New York Independent, and it was called “My Butterfly: An Elegy”. Robert Frost was so ecstatic about his first publication that ...

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