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The 411

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Robert Frost
(1874 - 1963)

Robert Lee Frost is one of the most celebrated and recognized Poets of all time. He was born in San Francisco California on March 26th, 1874 and lived there until his father’s death in 1885. After his father died, he moved to Lawrence Massachusetts with his family and attended high school there, where he started to become interested in reading and writing poetry. He attended college after high school at both Harvard and Dartmouth College, but left without receiving any degrees. After school he held a variety of jobs such as a cobbler, teacher and the editor of a local newspaper. His first step to fame came in 1894 when his poem “My Butterfly: An Elegy” was published in a New York Literary Journal known as “The Independent”.

A few years later he reconnected with and married a girl named Elinor Miriam White, a gal who he had shared valedictorian honors with in high school. They had a total of six children, one son and two daughters died of illness and his other son committed suicide later on in life. They bought and operated a farm in Derry New Hampshire a few years after they were married, and after losing his first son and daughter to illness he decided to sell the farm and move his wife and four remaining children to England and devote all his time to writing poetry.

He was an immediate success in England, publishing his first few poems almost right away with “A Boy’s Will” published first, followed by “North of Boston” a year later. It was in England where he also established lifelong relationships with fellow poets Rupert Brooke and Robert Graves. He also met his friend and life-long publicist Ezra Pound. Frost returned to the United States in the early 1920’s after spending years in England promoting his work. By the time he returned he had become the most recognized and celebrated poet in North America, winning a total of 4 Pulitzer Prizes. He continued to write and teach poetry and literature until his death on January 29th, 1963.


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