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Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost was one of America's leading 20th Century poets, and a four time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Frost did not receive these recognitions until later in his life. His simple style of writing and constant attention to nature make his poems unique. The essay will include his life, career, and his influences.

Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874. His father was a journalist who had come from a background in farming, both traits that Robert would carry on until his death. "I always had a farm." At age eleven, Frost's father died leaving him the responsibility of being the man of the house. His mother moved the whole family to New England. While in high school he became interested in writing poetry. He was top honors at his school in Lawrence along with his future wife Elinor White. "Moving to England helped me concentrate on my poetry." Frost attended Dartmouth College and Harvard, but never earned a degree. After college in 1895 he married Elinor White. As the years past they had decided to move on a farm in New Hampshire. He became a poet teacher and a summer farmer. Over the years on their farm, they had six more children, which two died at birth. Frost was 89 years old when he died in Boston Massachusetts in 1963. In the last fifteen years of his life Frost was the most highly esteemed American Poet of the twentieth century.

In 1912, while living in England he received his first acclaim as a poet. After the publication of A Boy's Will in 1913 and North of Boston 1914, he returned to the United States and published the rest of his poetry. Frost wrote some of the best pieces of his work while living in England. "He doesn't go to the poem, the poem comes to him." With two poems out Frost began to feel like a poet more and more. Frost was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943. "His poems took life by the throat." He recited his work, The Gift Outright, at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1961.




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