Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874 (1) Robert Frosts’ father, William Prescott Frost Jr., a teacher, and later on an editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin, was of English descent, and his mother, Isabelle Moodie, was from Scottish descent (4). Frost lived In San Francisco until he was twelve, when his father died of tuberculosis. Thereafter, he, his mother, and his only sister, Jeanie, lived in the small town of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
There Frost attended Lawrence High School where he met his future wife and co-valedictorian, Elinor White (1). The young not-yet poet became interested in reading and writing poetry during his years in high school (3). Frost published his first poem in his school's magazine. After graduating, Frost went to Dartmouth long enough to get into the Theta Delta Chi fraternity (4). Frost passed the entrance exams for Harvard, but instead attended Dartmouth in 1892, because it was cheaper, but also because his grandfather blamed Harvard for the bad habits of William. Frost stayed at Dartmouth for less than a term, then left (5). This caused a fit with Elinor, she wanted him to finish college and wouldn’t marry him until he graduated college.
Frost went back to Massachusetts to teach and to work at a variety of jobs like delivering newspapers and factory labor. He hated these jobs with a passion, finally feeling his true calling as a poet (4). The poet favored Ralph Waldo Emerson, and read many of his works (6). In 1894 Robert Frost had his first poem published in The Independent, the title of his poem was “My Butterfly: an Elegy” (7). Frost proposed to Elinor, and she said no because she wanted him to finish college first, so the poet then attended Harvard University. He proposed again, and by then, Elinor had graduated from college, and she accepted. They got married on December 19, 1895, and had a son named Elliot, in 1896.
After two years at Harvard, Frost dropped out due to health concerns. He went back to Lawrence to be with Elinor, who was pregnant with their second child, Lesley, who had a mental illness. In 1900, Frost moved with Elinor, Eliot, and Lesley to a farm in New Hampshire that Frost's grandfather had bought for them and they tried to live off of it for 12 years. This was a great time for Robert Frost to write, and he had written an emense amount of poems, however a lot of things had gone awry at home with his family.
Together, Elinor and Frost had four more children, Carol, who was born in 1903, Irma, who was born in 1903, and unfortunately, also developed a mental illness later on in life. Their fifth child, Marjorie was born in 1905, and Elinor, who was born in 1907. Two of their children died very early in life. Elliot died of cholera in 1900, and Elinor died from birth complications just weeks after she was born. Also, during that time, Frost and Elinor tried several types of farming, including poultry farming, but all were unsuccessful.