National Poetry Month: Robert Frost

Connor McFarland, Writer

Part One-Background Info

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco on March 26, 1874. Him and his family moved to New England in 1884 after his father died of tuberculosis. After High School he attended Dartmouth College and later Harvard, but dropped out because of health concerns. Frost Got his start in Poetry after having his first poem titled: “My Butterfly: an Elegy” published in a New York magazine in 1894. He published two more poems in 1906 but had trouble publishing his other poems. He didn’t publish any other poems until he wrote the poetry book called “A Boy’s Will” in 1913.

 

Part Two-Famous Poem

One of Robert Frost’s most famous poems is titled “The Road Not Taken” 

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 

Part 3-Impact

Robert Frost is one of the most well known poets of all time. He won a total of four Pulitzer Prize awards for his poems and was also awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by Congress. He also read one of his poems at Former President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration before his death just two years later on January 29, 1963.

 

 

Sources

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-frost

https://www.biography.com/writer/robert-frost

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken