Robert Frost

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

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Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. A popular and often-quoted poet, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

Early years

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California, to journalist William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie. His mother was of Scottish descent, and his father descended from Nicholas Frost of Tiverton, Devon, England,... more »

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  • ''The kind of Unitarian
    Who having by elimination got
    From many gods to Three, and Three to One,
    Thinks why not taper off to none at all.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Masque of Mercy."
  • ''The birch begins to crack its outer sheath
    Of baby green and show the white beneath....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Young Birch."
  • ''They must have seen ahead what now appears:
    They would bring empires down about our ears
    And by the example of our Declaration
    Make everybody want to be a nation.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration."
  • ''Don't discount our powers;
    We have made a pass
    At the infinite,''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Kitty Hawk."
  • ''But with one step backward taken
    I saved myself from going.
    A world torn loose went by me.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "One Step Backward Taken."
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  • Claude Solnik (3/27/2017 11:33:00 PM)

    Building Wall
    • (After Robert Frost’s Mending Wall)

    •Someone there is who truly loves a wall
    •That separates the sky from the earth under it

    •And rises boldly and blocks the mid-day sun
    •And divides north from south and east from west.

    •The work of legislators is a messy thing.
    •Society is in constant need of immediate repair.

    •But a wall is simple and obedient as a piece of stone.
    •The wall’s shadows leave no space for hiding.

    •The stones barely leave room for air between.
    •But it is real and strong as anything man has made.

    •Walls stand as monuments to those who leave them there.
    •While politicians argue endlessly on the hill,

    •A wall is a dream worthy of a builder’s mind.
    •It will divide us as we should be once again.

    •The wall will be the only thing we know
    •Thanks to shoulders that rise to build and reach

    •To build a wall that shall never fail or fall.
    •There are no spells and yet a strange balance

    •Comes from a wall forever as still as the earth turns.
    •We can hold stones and enjoy handling them

    •And build a wall as if we play a game.
    •And to those who say, they want a door,

    •I say, A wall is the most beautiful thing of all.
    •If God had built a wall around his orchard,

    •No snake would have slithered across the grass,
    •So anyone who doubts a wall, I tell him,

    •Remember good walls are better than good neighbors.
    •Winter may throw snow at it like thunder,

    •But a wall as beautiful as a bed
    •Lies down as if the world’s at rest, isn’t it?

    •Crows can fly over it, but there are no crows.
    •When I build a wall, I always know

    •Who I am walling in and walling out
    •Whether it be a true wall or a flimsy fence,

    •Someone there is who truly loves a wall.
    •That knows it is the illusion of a good defense.

    •The Democrats may protest, though I’d rather
    •Put them on the other side, if I could dare.

    •And wall out people whose ideas I’d like to stop.
    •But a wall I build is something that won’t be harmed.

    •It will stand for centuries, a monument to me.
    •Longer than words carved in the skin of trees.

    •It will last longer than a rally or a speech.
    •I am someone who truly loves to build a wall.

    •Because there is no such thing as a good neighbor anymore.

    Claude Solnik

  • Alex Sarich Alex Sarich (3/6/2017 11:26:00 AM)

    i have the complete works of Robert Frost and is one of my favorite poets.

  • Ferg Fred Ferg Fred (12/2/2016 6:45:00 AM)

    this is amazing his work is so good
    i agree

  • Earnest Gatuma Earnest Gatuma (11/2/2016 12:56:00 PM)

    I love this guy's poems.....so unique and original

  • Kristina Lu (9/22/2016 9:43:00 PM)

    I like it that is very meaningful.

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (8/18/2016 1:06:00 AM)

    I love you sir.. You're my all time best poet.

  • Halin Roche (4/26/2016 10:20:00 AM)

    Great poet...

  • Josh Hartshorne (3/10/2016 2:05:00 PM)

    I have problems with expressing my feelings

  • Kelley Tom (1/26/2016 5:13:00 PM)

    Why is he #2? He should be #1

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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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