Robert Frost | American poet
Born: March 26, 1874,
Address: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 29, 1963
Address: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Books: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, A Boy’s Will, MORE
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, United States Poet Laureate, MORE
Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, California. His father, William Prescott Frost Jr., was a journalist, and his mother Isabelle Moodie, was a Scottish immigrant.
After the death of his father, he along with his mother and sister Jeanie, moved in with his grandparent in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He attended Lawrence High School and enrolled at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1892, where both of them graduated together in 1892.and later at Harvard University in Boston.
His first poem, ‘My Butterfly: an Elegy’, was published in 1894, in The Independent, a weekly journal based in New York City. Frost and his love, Elinor White, who was also his co-valedictorian graduated in 1892 together. They married on December 19, 1895, and had their first child, Elliot, in 1896 and second child, daughter Lesley in 1899.
In 1915, he had published two full-length collections, ‘A Boy’s Will’ in 1913 and ‘North of Boston’ in 1914 under the publication of Henry Holt and Company. He was the most celebrated poet in America and one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century. He became one of America’s rare ‘public literary figures, almost an artistic institution.’ His books ‘New Hampshire’ (1923), ‘A Further Range’ (1936), ‘Steeple Bush’ (1947), and ‘In the Clearing’ (1962) honored him with four Pulitzer Prizes. He served as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress from 1958 to 1959. In 1960, Congress awarded Frost- the Congressional Gold Medal for his poetic works. A year later, at the age of 86, Frost was a special guest to write and recite a poem at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. On July 22, 1961, Frost was named poet laureate of Vermont. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 31 times.
Frost is an author who searches and often presents dark meditations on universal themes. He is essentially a modern poet who portrays the psychological complexity of his characters, with layers of ambiguity and irony infused in his writings. He is highly valued for his realistic representations of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech.
Robert Frost lived and taught for many years in Massachusetts and Vermont. On January 29, 1963, Frost died from complications of prostate surgery. He was buried at the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ROBERT FROST
• He was named after the famous Confederate General Robert E. Lee
• Robert and his wife both graduated as valedictorians from high school
• He contemplated suicide when Elinor refused his proposal initially
• His first published poetry collection was ‘A Boy’s Will’
• Robert Frost was acclaimed in America after his poems were published in England
• He won four Pulitzer Prizes and was awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal
• His personal life was marred by grief and suffering
• He was the first poet to honor a US presidential inauguration
• His epitaph quotes a line from his poem, “The Lesson for Today”
• His most famous poem is “The Road Not Taken”
• He inspired George r.r. martin.