Robert Frost : The Most Recognized American Poet Of The Twentieth Century

Robert Frost : The Most Recognized American Poet Of The Twentieth Century

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Robert Frost has been called the most recognized American poet of the twentieth century. In a time of modernism for American Literature, Frost set himself aside by sticking to the traditional contemporary style of poetry that had been used for many decades.
On March 26th, 1874, Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco, California to his parents William Frost and Isabelle Moodie. Frost spent the first eleven years of his life on the West Coast with his parents and sister Jeanie, until his father’s untimely death in 1875. To his honor his father’s wishes, his family travelled to Lawrence, Massachusetts where his father wanted to buried. Once they reached Massachusetts, they had no choice but to stay because they could not afford to return home.
In high school, Frost excelled beyond many of his classmates and was a great student. He enjoyed literature the most and would often read Shakespeare for fun. Frost was co-valedictorian of his class senior year, then was accepted into Dartmouth College, but attended college there only for a short time. Until returning back to Lawrence, Massachusetts to teacher 8th grade at Methuen Middle School.
Frost’s love for literature and poetry was greatly influenced by his mother. From a young age his mother would read to him from the Bible, classic novels, and tales she knew from growing up in Scotland. He began writing poetry at the age of 15, and didn’t stop until his death at age 88.
Frost was set aside from poets during his time because of his unique style of writing. In a time of change from the traditional 19th century style of writing to modernism, Frost was at the “crossroads” between the two. Although he strayed away from the traditional rhymes and verses in a 19th century poem and...


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...“The Gift Outright.” from memory.
On January 29th, 1963 a man who has been described as one of the greatest American Poets to live took his last breath.
The reason people describe Robert Frost as one of the greats is because of his uniqueness. When reading Frost’s poetry, he captivates the reader’s minds effortlessly. He doesn’t overwhelm his readers, he just leaves the mesmerized. Over thirty years after Frost’s death, three Nobel Laureates published a homage to Frost’s strong influence on the world.
Over 88 years, Frost impacted the lives of many. He was a teacher, a father, a husband, but most importantly a poet. A poet that was able to influence people during his life, and now even years later. Frost’s life was a long road with many twists and turns and although it may have not been the one less travelled on, it still managed to make all the difference.



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