Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''All out of doors looked darkly in at him
    Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars,
    That gathers on the pane in empty rooms.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. An Old Man's Winter Night (l. 1-3). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
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  • ''Bounds should be set
    To ingenuity for being so cruel
    In bringing change unheralded on the unready.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Build Soil."
  • ''Free verse leaves out the meter and makes up
    For the deficiency by church intoning.
    Free verse, so called, is really cherished prose....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "How Hard It Is to Keep From Being King When It's in You and in the Situation."
  • ''The land may vary more;
    But wherever the truth may be—
    The water comes ashore,
    And the people look at the sea.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Neither Out Far nor In Deep (l. 9-12). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''For brains there is no substitute.
    "Unless it's sweetbreads," you suggest
    With innuendo I detest.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Quandary."
  • ''Surely you wouldn't grudge the poor old man
    Some humble way to save his self-respect.
    He added, if you really care to know,
    He meant to clear the upper pasture, too.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Death of the Hired Man (l. 51-54). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''"... We need the interruption of the night
    To ease attention off when overtight,
    To break our logic in too long a flight,
    And ask us if our premises are right."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Literate Farmer and the Planet Venus."
  • ''And yet 'twould seem that what is sung
    In happy sadness by the young,
    Fate has no choice but to fulfill.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Wind and the Rain."
  • ''the Omnibus
    Had no real purpose till it got to us.
    Never believe it.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Accidentally on Purpose."
  • ''Inside the brain
    Two memories that long had lain
    Now quivered toward each other, lipped
    Together, and together slipped;
    And for a moment all was plain
    That men have thought about in vain.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "An Unstamped Letter in Our Rural Letter Box."

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Best Poem of Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come ...

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Come In

As I came to the edge of the woods,
Thrush music -- hark!
Now if it was dusk outside,
Inside it was dark.

Too dark in the woods for a bird
By sleight of wing
To better its perch for the night,
Though it still could sing.

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