Robert Frost

Robert Frost


Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, though his family moved back to Massachusetts after his father died in 1885. Ever after, his poetry anchored itself in the soil of New England.

Frost became interested in poetry in high school, though he worked at several jobs before settling down to write. He married Elinor Miriam White in 1895. The couple lived in England for several years before returning to the States in 1915 due to the outbreak of the First World War. Once back, Frost embarked on a successful teaching career, as well as continuing to write poetry.

We often think of Frost as a poet of the innocence of an earlier time, but particularly many of his less popular poems are quite dark, and even haunting. He was a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry and became known as the “American Bard.” In 1960, Congress awarded Frost the Congressional Gold Medal. He recited a poem at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Frost died in Boston on January 29, 1963.

You can find links to some of his complete poems at, among other places on the Web (or in your local library), but here I want to highlight some of his other sayings:

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up and does not stop until you get into the office.

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

Yes, of course [this age] is materialistic, but the only way to counteract it is to create spiritual things. Don’t worry yourself about the materialism too much. Create and stir other people to create!

A poem … begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness…. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting.

Look up some of Frost’s great poetry and read for yourself.

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