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Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost, was one of America's leading 20th Century poets, and a four time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Frost did not receive these recognitions until his later years when his poetic brilliance was finally recognized. "Frost was a pioneer in the interplay of rhythm and meter"( Waggoner 1). Frost's brilliance was contributed by many things; including his life, career, and literary works.

Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. Frost is the son of William Prescott Frost and Isabelle Moodie Frost. In 1885, Frost's father died, so his mother, Isabelle, moved the family to Lawrence, Mass., where she was originally from. There Frost would spent the rest of his childhood years. Frost attended Darthmouth College in Lawrence for less than a year after completing high school. Frost quit Dartmouth to work in a textile mill in Lawrence and to marry a high school classmate, Elinor White. Frost later went on a two-year venture at Harvard, after this academic experience disappointed him shortly after, he returned to Lawrence to obtain a variety of jobs. Frost finally became a chicken farmer in Derry, New Hampshire on property his grandfather had bought for him. Frost began at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry to obtain a dependable cash income (Waggoner 1). Frost wrote poems late at night, and put his farm tasks aside when they became bothersome.

In 1912, in hopes to get his poetic career off the ground, Frost took his family to England. "A British publisher accepted his first two volumes of verse, A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914)" (Waggoner 1). The Frost family returned to the United States in 1915, Robert's poems were also published in the U.S. the year of his return. With two poems published in the United States, Frost had secured his recognition as a poet, but his income was still negligible. Frost once again, in Plymouth, N.H., became a poet-teacher and summer farmer. He spent mainly the academic years 1916-1938 at Amherst College in Plymouth (Waggoner 2). Frost had several Stillborn children or ones that died in infancy. Frost lived to be 89 years old until his death in Boston Mass., on January 29, 1963.

Frost achieved poetic maturity before the beginning of poetic modernism, which was ushered in by the early 20th century movement known as imagism (Waggoner 2). With two poems



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