Robert Frost, American poet who was much admired for his depictions of the rural life of New England, his command of American colloquial speech, and his realistic verse portraying ordinary people in everyday situations. Learn more about his life and career in this article.
Apr 2, 2014 · Early Years Frost was born on March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, California. He spent the first 11 years of his life there, until his journalist father, William Prescott Frost Jr., died of...
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Born: March 26, 1874 San Francisco, California Died: January 29, 1963 Boston, Massachusetts American poet Robert Frost was a traditional American poet in an age of experimental art. He used New England expressions, characters, and settings, recalling the roots of American culture, to get at the common experience of all. The early years
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- HE WAS NAMED AFTER CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE. Frost's father, Will, ran away from home at a young age in an attempt to join the Confederate Army.
- HE WAS A COLLEGE DROPOUT—TWICE OVER. First, Frost attended Dartmouth for just two months, later explaining, "I wasn't suited for that place." He got his second chance in 1897 at Harvard, but only made it two years before dropping out to support his wife and child.
- HE MADE $15 FROM THE SALE OF HIS FIRST POEM. Published by the New York Independent in 1894, when Frost was 20, Frost’s first paid piece was called “My Butterfly: An Elegy.”
- EZRA POUND HELPED FROST GAIN A FOLLOWING. As an established poet with a following, Ezra Pound exposed Frost to a much larger audience by writing a rave review of his first poetry collection, A Boy's Will.
In a 1970 review of The Poetry of Robert Frost, the poet Daniel Hoffman describes Frost’s early work as “the Puritan ethic turned astonishingly lyrical and enabled to say out loud the sources of its own delight in the world,” and comments on Frost’s career as the “American Bard”: “He became a national celebrity, our nearly official poet laureate...
Biography Early life Frost, c. 1910 Robert Frost was born in San Francisco to journalist William Prescott Frost Jr. and Isabelle Moodie.  His father was a descendant of Nicholas Frost of Tiverton, Devon, England, who had sailed to New Hampshire in 1634 on the Wolfrana, and his mother was a Scottish immigrant.