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Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"


The Road Not Taken | Complete Works | Biography | Frost Links | Criticisms | Explication | Frost's Thoughts

Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, California.

His father died when he was eleven, and his mother moved him to Lawrence, Massachusetts.

In 1892, he attended Dartmouth College for only one semester; then Harvard University, for two years.

At this time, he drifted from occupation to occupation, including becoming a cobbler, a farmer, editor of the Lawrence Sentinel, and a teacher at Pinkerton Academy and the New Hampshire State Normal School.

In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White. She was his poetic inspiration up until her death in 1938.

In 1912, after the failure of their New Hampshire farm, Frost and his wife moved to England, where he met contemporary poets like Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves, and Ezra Pound.

In 1915, he returned to the United States, where he lived and taught in Massachusetts and Vermont.

He died on January 29, 1963, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Frost won four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry, was awarded a medal by Congress in 1960 for his contribution tol literature and was the nation's poet laureate, though his crowning achievement may have occured in 1961 when he read a poem at JFK's inauguration.

Fall, tress in field