Robert Frost

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Robert Lee Frost was one of America's leading 20th-century poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Often regarded as a poet associated with rural New England, he wrote poems whose philosophical ideas transcended any region of the country. North, East, West and South, no matter where the person came from, Robert Frost could communicate through poetry. Although his verse forms are traditional, he was a pioneer in the poetic use of the vocabulary and variations of everyday speech. He was able to conjure emotions that most people would not talk about in public (death, the loss of a loved one, man’s own mortality) and inject his poems with symbolism and metaphors.
      In 1885, when Robert Frost was 11, his father died and the family left California and moved to Massachusetts. Frost attended high school in that state, entered Dartmouth College, but remained less than one semester. Returning to Massachusetts, he taught school, worked in a mill and as a newspaper reporter. In 1894 he sold “My Butterfly: An Elegy" to The Independent, a New York literary journal. A year later he married Elinor White, with whom he had known from Lawrence High School in Mass. From 1897 to 1899, he attended Harvard College as a special student but left without a degree. Over the next ten years he wrote (but rarely published) poems, operated a farm in Derry, New York, and supplemented his income by teaching at Derry's Pinkerton Academy. In 1912, at the age of 38, he sold the farm and used the proceeds to take his family to England, where he could devote himself entirely to writing. His efforts to establish himself and his work were almost immediately successful. A Boy's Will was accepted by a London publisher and brought out in 1913, followed a year later by North of Boston. Favorable reviews on both sides of the Atlantic resulted in American publication of the books by Henry Holt...