Robert Frost, in full Robert Lee Frost, (born March 26, 1874, San Francisco, California, U.S.—died January 29, 1963, Boston, Massachusetts), 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.
Frost died in Boston on January 29, 1963, of complications from prostate surgery. He was buried at the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont. His epitaph quotes the last line from his poem, "The Lesson for Today" (1942): "I had a lover's quarrel with the world."
- Stacy Conradt
- 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.
When Frost died in a Boston hospital on January 29, 1963, two months shy of his 89th birthday, he was the most widely respected man of American letters. Since his death his reputation has not diminished, the mark of a great artist.
- Robert Lee Frost
Frost was 86 when he spoke and performed a reading of his poetry at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961. He died in Boston two years later, on January 29, 1963, of complications from prostate surgery. He was buried at the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont.
OSTON, Jan 29 -- Robert Frost, dean of American poets, died today at the age of 88. He was pronounced dead at Peter Bent Brigham hospital at 1:50 A.M. The poet's general condition began...
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