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Robert Frost is one of the most eminent and finest poets in depicting rural life. To know more about him and his childhood, read his brief biography in the lines below.

Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Also Listed In: Poets

Famous as: Poet

Nationality: American

Born on: 26 March 1874    Famous 26th March Birthdays

Zodiac Sign: Aries    Famous Arians

Born in: San Francisco, California,, United States

Died on: 29 January 1963

place of death: Boston, Massachusetts,, United States

epitaphs: I had a lover's quarrel with the world

father: William Prescott Frost, Jr.

mother: Isabelle Moodie

siblings: Jeanie

Spouse: Elinor Miriam White

children: Lesley Frost Ballantine, Carol Frost, Irma Frost, Marjorie Frost, Elliot Frost, Elinor Bettina Frost

education: Dartmouth College, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Bates College, Harvard University

Works & Achievements: A Boy's Will, 1913, North of Boston, 1914, Mountain Interval, 1916, New Hampshire, 1923, West-Running Brook, 1928, Collected Poems, 1930, A Further Range, 1936, A Witness Tree, 1942, A Masque of Mercy, 1947, Steeple Bush, 1947 and In the Clearing, 1962.

awards: 1924 - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1960 - Congressional Gold Medal
- Bollingen Prize

More Awards

- Robert Frost Medal
- American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Poetry
- United States Poet Laureate

Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost is among the most fecund writers when it comes to poetry and playwriting. He was highly appreciated and admired for his realistic portrayal of rural life and his great expertise on American colloquial speech. Most of his astonishing works circle around the rural life settings in New England during early 20th century. He used his own work to analyze complicated social and philosophical themes. Robert Frost is very famous and an oft-quoted poet. During his lifetime, he was honored with several prizes which include four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

Robert Frost Childhood & Early Years
Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California to journalist William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie. His mother belonged to Scottish family, while his father’s ancestry was from Nicholas Frost of Tiverton, Devon, England. His fatherwas a teacher and later became an editor withSan Francisco Evening Bulletin. Frost’s father was also an unsuccessful candidate for city tax collector and died on 5 May, 1885. Post his demise, the family moved to a lot of places around the country like Lawrence, Massachusetts, etc under the advocacy of his grandfather, William Frost, Sr., who worked as an overseer at New England mill. In 1892, Robert Frost graduated from Lawrence High School. His mother joined the Swedenborgian church and had him immersed in it only. But when he grew up, he left the same.
 
Despite being popular for his rural life poetry, Frost was brought up in the city. The first poem of Frost got published in his high school magazine. He went to Dartmouth College for only two months, which was considered enough to be acquired into the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He then returned back, taught and worked for numerous jobs such as helping his mother teach her class of unruly boys, delivering newspapers, and working in a factory as a light bulb filament changer. But he never enjoyed performing these odd-jobs. To him, poetry was where his heart was.
 
Adult Years
Frost sold out his first poem called"My Butterfly: An Elegy" in 1894 for $15. It was published in the New York Independent edition on November 8, 1894. He then went on a journey to the great dismal swamp in Virginia. He also attended studies of liberal arts at Harvard University for two years. Despite being a very good student at Harvard, he left it to support his family. Just before dying, his grandfather bought a farm for Robert and his wife, Elinor in Derry, New Hampshire. Frost worked in the farm for long nine years, simultaneously writing early in the mornings. During this time, Frost had penned down several poems which became popular later on. Eventually, his farming failed, which routed Frost back to the education field from where he had started. From 1906 to 1911, he served as an English teacher at New Hampshire's Pinkerton Academy and afterwards at the New Hampshire Normal School in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  
 
In 1912, Frost with his family shifted to Great Britain, lived initially in Glasgow. Later, he settled in Beaconsfield outside London. His first poetry book titled “A Boy's Will” was published the very next year. In England, Frost became friends with some important people like Edward Thomas, member of the group known as the Dymock Poets, T.E. Hulme, and Ezra Pound. Pound was the first American to write a review on the work of Frost, but later Frost disliked the former’s efforts to mold his American poetry. Being surrounded amongst friends and companions, Frost came out with some tremendous and best work in England. In 1915, after World War I started, he returned back to America and purchased a farm in Franconia, New Hampshire. Here he established a career in writing, teaching and lecturing. This family habitat served as his summer home until 1938. The house is now maintained as the Frost Place, a museum and poetry conference site. During the years 1916-20, 1923-24, and 1927-38, Frost taught English at Amherst College, in Massachusetts. He used to influence and encourage his students to bring sound of the human voice in their writings.
 
For long 42 years that is from 1921 to 1963, Frost used to spend summers by teaching at the Bread Loaf School of English of Middlebury College, at its mountain campus at Ripton, Vermont. He is credited to encourage and influence upon the school’s development and writing programs, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. The conference grabbed a lot of attention and applause during the time of Robert Frost. This college is today owned and maintained by Frost’s former Ripton farmstead as a national historic site close to Bread Loaf campus. In 1921, Frost took a teaching fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He stayed here until 1927 and was rewarded a lifetime appointment at the University as a Fellow in Letters. He then shifted to Amherst in 1927. In 1940, Frost purchased a 5-acre plot in South Miami, Florida, which he visited every winter. He had named it Pencil Pines. According to Harvard’s 1965 alumni directory, Frost received an honorary degree at the college. Though he did not graduate from any college, he yet received more than 40 honorary degrees which include one each from Princeton, Oxford and Cambridge universities. Frost was also the only person who received two honorary degrees from Dartmouth College.
 
During his lifetime, the Robert Frost Middle School in Fairfax, Virginia, the Robert L. Frost School in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the main library of Amherst College were some of the educational institutions that were named after Frost. On 20 January, 1961, at the old age of 86, he recited and performed a reading of his poetry at the President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. His poems are reviewed in the Anthology of Modern American Poetry mentioning that “behind a sometimes charmingly familiar and rural façade, Frost's poetry frequently presents pessimistic and menacing undertones which often are either unrecognized or unanalyzed”. One of the original materials of Frost’s amazing work is discovered in the Special Collections department of the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts with almost twelve thousand items like original manuscript poems and letters, correspondence, and photographs, as well as audio and visual recordings. The Amherst College’s Archives and Special Collections also have a collection of his papers.
 
Personal Life
Much unlike his professional life, Robert Frost’s personal life was filled with grief and loss. He lost his parents at a young age. As if this were any less, Frost had to admit his younger sister Jeanie to metal hospital. She died there only after nine years. At the age of 20, in 1894, he proposed marriage to Elinor Miriam White, who in turn refused wanting to finish college first. The following year, having graduated, Elinor agreed and the two tied the nuptial knot. They had six children namely son Elliot, daughter Lesley Frost Ballantine, son Carol, daughter Irma, daughter Marjorie and daughter Elinor Bettina (died just three days after her birth in 1907). Elliot died of cholera in 1904, Carol committed suicide, Marjorie died of puerperal fever after childbirth and Elinor Bettina died post three days after her birth. Frost’s wife contracted breast cancer in 1937 and died of heart failure in 1938.
 
Death
Robert Frost died on January 29, 1963 in Boston as a result of the complications from prostate surgery. Frost was buried at the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont.

ROBERT FROST TIMELINE

1874:

Robert Frost was born

1885:

Lost his father, shifted to Lawrence, Massachusetts, New England.

1892:

Graduated from Lawrence High School

1894:

Got his first poem ‘My ButterflyAn Elegy’ published

1895:

Got married to Elinor Miriam White

1897:

Moved to Derry, New Hampshire, for farming expeditions.

1900:

His mother died of cancer

1906:

Wasappointed at Pinkerton Academy, New Hampshire, as English teacher

1912:

Moved to England.

1913:

His first book of poetry, 'A Boy's Will' got published

1915:

Moved back to America

1921:

Accepted a fellowship teaching post at the University of Michigan

1938:

His wife died of heart failure

1961:

Performed a reading of his poetry at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy

1963:

Died in Boston

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Books by Robert Frost

    Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays (Library of America)

    by Robert Frost

    Collected Poems of Robert Frost

    by Robert Frost

    The Cow in Apple Time

    by Robert Frost

Books About Robert Frost

    Homage to Robert Frost

    by Joseph Brodsky,Seamus Heaney,Derek Walcott

    Reciting Robert Frost In The ICU: Essays on The Literature of Medicine

    by Taylor Prewitt

    Going by Contraries: Robert Frost's Conflict with Science (Under the Sign of Nature)

    by Robert Bernard Hass