Robert Frosts The Road Not Taken

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Robert Frost, was an American poet, son of William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie, was born on 26 March 1874 in San Francisco, California. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a Scottish schoolteacher, and when Frost was eleven his father died of tuberculosis, leaving Isabelle and Robert only eight dollars to support themselves. As a result, Isabelle and Robert moved in with his grandfather William Frost, Sr., in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Robert had a strong interest in poetry and writing, publishing his first poem in Lawrence High School’s student magazine. Frost studied for a brief stint at Dartmouth College and joined the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, before leaving to ...view middle of the document...

Upon his return to the United States at the start of World War I in 1915, he received a warm reception from the literary critics and professional due to his recent successful publishing of his books of poetry, A Boy’s Will (1913), and North of Boston (1914). Frost’s work was published in the United States only after being published in England and gaining a following. While living at the family farm near Fraconia, New Hampshire, Frost joined the National Institute of Arts and Letter in 1916. In addition, he wrote his third book of poetry, Mountain Interval, which includes his famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” which we will analyze. Frost began lecturing and teaching English intermittently at Amherst College from 1916-1938, and after moving to another farm close to Middlebury College, in Ripton, Vermont he founded the Bread Loaf School and Conference of English in 1920, where, according to the Poetry Foundation, he taught English every summer until 1963. Teaching students was one of Frost’s important contributions to society along with his poetic works as his students learned information such as, “the sound of sense,” from a great master. The University of Michigan awarded Frost a teaching fellowship in 1921, and a lifetime appointment as a Fellow of Letters in 1927. Heartbreak struck the Frost family when his newborn daughter Marjorie died from puerperal fever in 1934. Frost’s wife Elina died from heart failure in 1938, and in 1940 his son Carol, who was also a poet and farmer, committed suicide. Despite these personal tragedies Robert Frost continued to persevere and write his poetry, publishing, A Witness Tree (1942), and Come In, and Other Poems (1943).
Robert Frost did not carry the reputation as one of the greatest American poets of the Twentieth Century until the final decade of his life, when he received numerous awards recognizing him for his poetic works. The American Academy of Poets paid tribute to Robert Frost in 1953, as well as New York University in 1956. During his literary career Frost was awarded four Pulitzer Prizes, in 1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943. In 1961 Robert Frost was an honored guest at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, and in 1962 he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his poetic contributions to society, and the Edward MacDowell Medal. Additionally, that year he was also a member of the goodwill mission to the Soviet Union. Robert Frost also battled with depression and doubted his capabilities as a poet, deciding to pursue being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in order to justify his success and recognition as a great poet. Frost outlived four of his six children, and three of them suffered mental breakdowns (one was institutionalized), and died in surgery due to complications involving blood clots on 20 January 1963. Robert Frost is buried in Bennington, Vermont.
Frost wrote a majority of the poetry we are familiar with in the early mornings at their New Hampshire farm, drawn from his...

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